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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69184
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Date:03-FEB-1939
Time:day
Type:Fairey Gordon Mk 1
Owner/operator:Ramleh SF Royal Air Force (Ramleh SF RAF)
Registration: K2607
C/n / msn: F.1588
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Solomons Pool, near Jerualem, Palestine -   Israel
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Ramleh, Palestine
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Gordon Mk.I K2607 of the Station Flight, RAF Ramleh, Palestine; written off (destroyed) when control lost in cloud, and aircraft crashed 3.2.39 at Solomon's Pools, near Jerusalem, Palestine. One of the three crew was killed:

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Henry Owen Mills (pilot) killed
Mr Bernard Matthews Timbers (civilian passenger) baled out and injured
Mr Harold Francis Charrington (civilian passenger) baled out and unhurt

According to an announcement in "Flight" magazine (9.2.39 page 140):

"Sqn. Ldr. Geoffrey Henry Owen Mills lost his life in an accident which occurred near Jerusalem on. February 3 to an aircraft of the Royal Air F'orce Station, Ramleh, Palestine. Sqn. Ldr. Mills 'was the pilot of the aircraft. Mr. Harold Francis Charrington and Mr. Bernard Matthews Timbers, members of the Air Ministry Works Directorate, were the other occupants. The former was not hurt, but Mr. Timbers was slightly injured."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 12)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939%20-%200368.PDF
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21666-Royal-Air-Force-Non-World-War-burials-in-the-care-of-C-W-G-C-RAMLEH-WAR-CEMETERY&styleid=3


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Oct-2009 11:56 JINX Added
11-May-2013 16:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Country, Narrative]
14-Jul-2013 18:33 JINX Updated [Operator, Source]
15-Nov-2017 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Mar-2018 00:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn]
03-Dec-2018 16:21 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
05-Nov-2019 23:01 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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