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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65204
Last updated: 22 October 2020
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Date:09-JAN-1941
Time:14:15
Type:Vickers Vincent Mk I
Owner/operator:2 SFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ326
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Foxton -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RNZAF Woodbourne, Blenheim
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 9 January 1941 Vincent Mk I NZ326 of 2 SFTS RNZAF was flying, against orders, at a low altitude along the Manawatu River in an easterly direction. At 1415 hrs it struck high tension power lines across the river about 300 yards west of the 1098 metres-long Whirokino bridge, near Foxton, lost a wing, tipped up and nose-dived into the river.

One of the occupants, LAC Kennard James Haase ( 22 ) was drowned, but the other, LAC Cecil William Holmes, believed to have been in the rear cockpit, was saved by the prompt action of a carpenter Mr Maurice Parsons, who was working on a new building on the riverbank nearby. According to a report published in the "Evening Post" the next day, Holmes was suffering from cuts to his face, abrasions, and possible internal injuries.

This aircraft came from RAF stocks ( RAF serial K4718 ) and was assembled by the RNZAF at No. 1 Aircraft Depot and BOC at Hobsonville on 6th of December, 1939. It then served with 2 SFTS RNZAF, Woodbourne from 25 January, 1940 to the date of its loss.

Sources:

http://www.adf-gallery.com.au//nz-serials/nz300.shtml
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/miscairdeaths.html
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2920252/HAASE,%20KENNARD%20JAMES
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxton,_New_Zealand
http://www.maplandia.com/new-zealand/wanganui-manawatu/foxton/
https://www.sooty.nz/miscairdeaths.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-May-2009 00:53 angels one five Added
29-May-2009 23:17 XLerate Updated
07-Oct-2009 16:55 angels one five Updated
21-Jan-2012 04:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2013 00:12 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2015 17:42 Jixn Updated [Operator]
09-Jan-2016 18:10 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total occupants, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 15:52 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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