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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221195
Last updated: 7 November 2019
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Date:06-APR-1917
Time:day
Type:Airco DH.2
Owner/operator:45 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: A2588
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RFC South Carlton, West Lindsay, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC South Carlton, West Lindsay, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RFC South Carlton, West Lindsay, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
6.4.17: Airco (DeHavilland) D.H.2 A2588, 45 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC South Carlton. Written off (destroyed) when nose dived off steep turn, on approach to the aerodrome at RFC South Carlton, West Lindsay, Lincolnshire. Pilot - 2nd Lt William Hubert Peacock (Canadian, aged 21) - was killed. According to the aircraft accident record card for Airco (DeHavilland) DH.2 A2588 (see link #2):

"Court of Inquiry 87/7594
15/4/17
Flying accident. Shut off engine on vertical bank near ground, causing nose dive. Error of judgement on the part of the pilot"

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (April 12, 1917 page 343 - see link #3)

"Fatal Accidents
A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned at an inquest on April 7th on 2nd Lieut. W. Hubert Peacock, R.F.C. He was a fully qualified pilot, but while flying 100 feet up, he made a steep turn and shut off the engine, with the result that the machine turned over and nose-dived. He was killed instantaneously.

It was stated to be an error of judgment to shut off the engine while turning at so low an altitude, though it could be done at a greater height."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/7000282162-peacock-w.h.-william-hubert
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1917/1917%20-%200343.html?search=Alfred%20Ernest%20Venables
4. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/380717


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jan-2019 19:50 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Jan-2019 19:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Jan-2019 17:30 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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