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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233572
Last updated: 4 March 2020
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Date:12-MAY-1944
Time:18:30 LT
Type:Miles M.11A Whitney Straight
Owner/operator:Heston SF RAF
Registration: BS818
C/n / msn: 501
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lowfield Heath Road, near RAF Gatwick, Horley, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Gatwick, Horley, Surrey
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First registered (C of R 7826; C of A 5882) on 20 April 1937 to Air Service Training Ltd., Hamble, Hampshire. Registration cancelled 29 October 1940 due to "change of owner of aircraft".

G-AEXJ was impressed into military service on 29 October 1940 and became BS818. By 1944 it was part of the Station Flight at RAF Heston, Middlesex. On 12 May 1944 I presume that it visited Gatwick Aerodrome and that it was on taking off from there, at 18:30 it suffered engine failure and had to make a forced landing on the nearby Lowfield Heath Road. The damage to the Whitney Straight must have been severe as it was struck off charge category E2, i.e. reduced to scrap.

Sources:

1. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AEXJ.pdf
2. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15717.0
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A10.html
4. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=79
5. https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/90960-civilian-a-c-impressed-into-raf-service-ww11


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Mar-2020 15:15 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Mar-2020 15:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
04-Mar-2020 16:08 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Operator]

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