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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22781
Last updated: 24 April 2019
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Date:15-SEP-1938
Time:day
Type:Miles Magister Mk I
Owner/operator:213 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (213 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L8263
C/n / msn: 719
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Stamford, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Collided with Gauntlet K7840 on 15/9/38 and abandoned over Stamford, Lincolnshire; hit civilian woman on the ground.

Miss Violet Mary Russell (aged 22 - the civilian woman on the ground) killed
Pilot Officer Brian van Mentz (pilot of Gauntlet K7840) baled out safely
Flying Officer John Eric James Sing baled out of Magister L8263
A/C R Humphreys baled out of Magister L8263

According to an eyewitness report (see link #3):

"Perhaps the worst plane crash to happen in Stamford occurred before the war - in 1938 - when a training aircraft from RAF Wittering hit a house in New Cross Road before crashing into the garden. The most tragic aspect of this crash was that a young woman, who was in the house at the time, ran into the garden and was killed. Ironically, if she had stayed in the house she would have survived.

A full report of the crash can be seen in the Stamford Mercury archives for 1938. It was a front page story at the time.

I believe the New Cross Road plane crash occurred in October 1938. The young woman who died was 22-year-old Violet Mary Russell. The crash happened when two planes collided in mid-air over the town. A Magister L8263 collided with a Gauntlet K7840.

It was the Gauntlet from RAF Wittering that hit the house and killed Miss Russell. Both pilots managed to bail out and survive the crash."

According to family records Violet had not run from the house, she was hit when returning from work yards from her front door. Her mother pulled her into the house where she died in her arms.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://www.ancestorgateway.com/forum/read_thread.cfm?ForumID=7&ThreadID=11150&Thread=819
4. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1930s-incident-logs#1938


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Sep-2008 19:48 JINX Added
28-May-2013 20:13 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Phase]
08-Aug-2013 21:15 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Source]
13-Aug-2013 15:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Phase]
13-Aug-2013 22:32 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
03-Jun-2015 17:17 Dandy Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
28-Feb-2018 15:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-May-2018 17:42 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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