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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68923
Last updated: 28 May 2020
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Date:24-JAN-1938
Time:day
Type:Gloster Gladiator Mk I
Owner/operator:3 Sqn Royal Air Force (3 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K6150
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:71 Lyndhurst Road, Hove, Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey
Destination airport:
Narrative:
19/03/37 Delivered From Manufacturer to 3 Squadron RAF.
24/01/38 Abandoned in spin and crashed in front garden, 71 Lyndhurst Road, Hove, Sussex. Pilot - Sergeant (Pilot) Ernest H. Lomax, RAF 512633, 3 Squadron - bailed out and landed in Beaconsfield Road, Brighton. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("The Sphere" - Saturday 5 February 1938):

"NO ONE WAS HURT when this plane crashed into the front garden of a house in Hove, but it was a big surprise for the inhabitants of Lyndhurst Road. The pilot, Sergeant Ernest Lomax, R.A.F., landed safely by parachute in Beaconsfield Road and, after treatment for shock, returned to his duties".

Lomax was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital with minor injuries, slight abrasions to the knees and elbows but was not detained In hospital. He Abandoned the Gladiator when he could not recover from a spin at 4,000 feet while in a formation of 4 aircraft
26/02/38 Struck Off Charge (130.20 hrs).

Sources:

1. Air Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1995)
2. The Sphere - Saturday 05 February 1938
3. http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_raf_3.htm
4. Photo of wreckage: http://www.theargus.co.uk/resources/images/5488364/?type=responsive-gallery-fullscreen
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21956-Gladiator-K6150-January-24-1938-Crash-Photos
6. https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/Stock-Images/Rights-Managed/MEV-11957223
7. https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/yesterdays/mystery_pictures/14746026.amp/
8. Crash location in 2018: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.8334096,-0.1593254,3a,90y,182.91h,78.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1zQ3A1PdhTUhE4QPPrmgXA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Oct-2009 23:33 JINX Added
09-Mar-2018 21:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Mar-2018 17:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Mar-2018 17:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Oct-2018 19:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Operator]
18-Feb-2020 16:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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