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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 244631
Last updated: 4 November 2020
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Date:07-JAN-1938
Time:evening
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:88 Squadron Royal Air Force (88 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7642
C/n / msn: F.2400
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Ringway, Manchester
Destination airport:RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Narrative:
Fairey Battle Mk.I K7642: Built by Fairey Aircraft at Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheshire, and delivered new to 88 Squadron, RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire on 7 January 1938.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 7 January 1938: aircraft was on its delivery flight in adverse weather conditions when the pilot became lost and could not find Boscombe Down airfield. Low on fuel, the pilot of Battle K7642 force landed in a soft field. The aircraft skidded on landing, ran to the edge of the field and dropped several feet over an embankment.

Wreckage recovered by 3 MU RAF Milton for examination. Deemed damaged beyond repair and Struck Off Charge 9 May 1938. Total flying time 2.30 hours. Operational service - one day!

Battle K7692 was taken on charge on 1 April 1938 as a direct replacement

Sources:

1. The K File - The RAF of the 1930s (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1995 p.127)
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 63)
3. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p.32/p.127)
4. 88 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1 July 1917 to 30 September 1939: File AIR 27/716/1 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8455132
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._88_Squadron_RAF#Second_World_War
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoD_Boscombe_Down#Inter-war_period


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2020 00:20 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Nov-2020 00:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
04-Nov-2020 10:27 Sycak Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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