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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221146
Last updated: 7 April 2019
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Date:24-MAR-1917
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic be2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c
Owner/operator:RNAS Chingford
Registration: 1115
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Angmering, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RNAS Chingford, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
24.3.17: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c No.1115, RNAS Chingford. Substantially damaged when aircraft turned, side slipped and hit ground near Angmering, West Sussex, en route from RNAS Chingford; aircraft later repaired and returned to service. Pilot - Flt Sub-Lt Arthur Francis Harvey (aged 18) - was killed

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (March 29, 1917 page 292 - see link #4):

"Fatal Accidents
An inquest was held at Angmering (Sussex) on March 26th on Flight Sub-Lieut. A. F. Harvey. The officer was making a cross-country flight preparatory to receiving his pilot's certificate, and was passing over Angmering on March 24th. Suddenly his machine was seen to turn sharply to the right when it side-slipped and nose-dived to the ground from a height of about 60 feet. A verdict of "Accidental Death" was recorded."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2748188/harvey,-/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/harvey-a.f.-arthur-francis
4. Flight magazine (March 29, 1917 page 292): https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1917/1917%20-%200292.html?search=fitzsimmons
5. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1917-03Mar.htm
6. Littlehampton Observer 28 March 1917 page 4
7. http://walthamforestmemories.net/files/Bayliss-Chingford-Airdrome.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Jan-2019 15:30 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Jan-2019 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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