Accident de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide R5927, 14 Feb 1942
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64447
 
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Date:14-FEB-1942
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH89 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:2 SS Royal Air Force (2 SS RAF)
Registration: R5927
MSN: 6464
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wiggins Field, Horton, near Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
c/no.6464: Taken on charge by RAF as R5927 under Contract 21547/39 at 2 Electrical & Wireless School, RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire 18.10.39; renamed 2 Signals School 26.8.40.

Written off when struck balloon cable and crashed and destroyed by fire Wiggins Field, Horton, near Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire 14.2.42; all 6 on board killed. Casualties named as

Corporal (W/Op) Kenneth B. HORWOOD (Service Number 638404, aged 22)
AC2 (W/Op/Air-gunner under training) Kenneth Ivan OLIVER (Service Number 1380981, aged 19)
Flying Officer (Pilot) Albert Horace SANDERS (Service Number 42469, aged 23)
AC2 John Coleman WILLIAMS (Service Number 1117980, aged 28)
LAC James Douglas WOOD (Service Number 926921, aged 19)
AC2 Percy (Percival) WRAY (Service Number 1071648, aged 19)

All six deaths formally recorded at Eton Coroners Court as "killed on active service" in February 1942. In addition to all six crew on board, a civilian on the ground, Mr. Gordon Eric Ellis, was killed by flying debris from the DH.89A. Aircraft Struck off charge 14.3.42

Sources:

1. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20110822155221/http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/war-cemeteries-war-memorial-research/25778-14-2-42-raf-j-d-wood-j-c-williams.html
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2433320/horwood,-kenneth-bertie/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2933111/oliver,-kenneth-ivan/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2735288/sanders,-albert-horace/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2733615/williams,-john-coleman/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2433348/wood,-james-douglas/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2406512/wray,-percy/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3100335/ellis,-gordon-eric/
10. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4881-420214-Unaccounted-airwoman-and-airmen-14-2-1942&p=27488#post27488


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
09-Jul-2009 14:50 angels one five Updated
23-Jan-2010 09:23 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location]
03-Jan-2012 09:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Nov-2012 04:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
09-Jan-2017 20:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2018 09:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
19-Feb-2019 17:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Feb-2019 17:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Feb-2019 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
07-Mar-2019 12:57 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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