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Date:12-JUL-1920
Time:16:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A504 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 504L
Owner/operator:Eastbourne Aviation Co Ltd
Registration: G-EALO
C/n / msn: E.3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Amies Mill Farm, Brighton Road, Horsham, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:The Crumbles, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Avro 504L G-EALO: First registered (C or R 303) 26-8-1919 to Eastbourne Aviation Co Ltd., Eastbourne, Sussex. One of six aircraft built by The Eastbourne Aviation Co. Ltd., Eastbourne, Hamble, Hants in 1919/20, and used for joy-riding from the South Coast. Aircraft was assembled from a stock of unused spare parts, and therefore a new aircraft, not a civilianised ex-military aircraft.

Presumed written off (damaged beyond repair) 12-7-1920 when crashed at Amies Mill Farm, Brighton road, Horsham, West Sussex. All three person on board (pilot and two passengers) survived. According to a contemporary newspaper report into the incident ("West Sussex County Times" - Saturday 17 July 1920):

AEROPLANE DESCENT AT HORSHAM.
On Monday afternoon an aeroplane (G-EALO, type B) belonging to the Eastbourne Aviation Co. Ltd., made a forced descent into Mr T. Tester's field at Amies Mill Farm, situated at the rear of the Hernbrook beerhouse, in the Brighton Road. Fortunately none of the occupants were injured, though the machine sustained some damage. Police Constable R. E. Holder was on the scene at about 4.30 and found the aeroplane with its engine embedded in the mud, the right wing being entangled in the hedge, and the undercarriage having been smashed. The pilot, Claude Perrett, said he was conveying two passengers, and when making the attempt to land the engine stopped, causing him to collide with the hedge. The passengers were W. B. Leeds, Spencer House, St. James Place, London; and A. S. Belleville, of 21, St. George Street, Baker Street, London. The aeroplane has since been removed."

The records for G-EALO say "Withdrawn from use in 8/20 prior to C of A expiry on 4.9.20", so presumably this accident was the reason. Registration G-EALO formally cancelled 7.2.21 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft", which further indicates the G-EALO was not repaired after the above incident.

Sources:

1. West Sussex County Times - Saturday 17 July 1920
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-E1.html
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-EALO.pdf
4. http://britishaviation-ptp.com/avro504l.html
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15536.0
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accb1929.htm
7. http://www.ukairfieldguide.net/airfields/TheCrumbles
8. http://ata.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=81:register-gb-g-ea
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Mar-2020 03:00 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Mar-2020 03:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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