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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221188
Last updated: 15 November 2021
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Date:03-APR-1917
Time:day
Type:Sopwith 1 Strutter
Owner/operator:O/C Overseas Ferry Pilots RFC
Registration: A894
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sandgate, near Folkestone, Kent, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:RFC Lympne, Ashford, Kent
Destination airport:St. Omer, France
Narrative:
3.4.17: Sopwith 1 Strutter A894, O/C Ferry Pilots, RFC Lympne, Ashford, Kent. Written off (destroyed) when crashed during snowstorm, Sandgate, near Folkestone, Kent. Aircraft was on delivery flight from RFC Lympne to St. Omer, France. Of the two crew on board, one - Corporal Alfred Clarke (Service Number 26814, aged 29, of Recruits Depot (Farnborough) Royal Flying Corps) died 1.6.17 (four weeks later) of injuries sustained. The pilot - Lt Montague John Fenwick - was injured.

According to aircraft accident record card for Sopwith 1 Strutter A894:

"Court of Inquiry E/42201
12/6/17
Flying accident. Crashed during snowstorm, Died of injuries sustained at the Military Hospital, Shorncliffe, result of accident"

NOTE: Sources vary as to the spelling of Corporal Clark's name. The RAF museum archives spell the name CLARKE, whereas the CWGC spells it without the "e" on the name

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/365935/clark,-alfred/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/clarke-alfred
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandgate,_Kent


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jan-2019 18:38 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Feb-2021 19:58 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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