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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71826
Last updated: 3 March 2021
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Type:Blackburn L.1C Bluebird IV
Owner/operator:Thomas Edward Richardson (regd. owner)
Registration: G-AABV
C/n / msn: 1430/1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hedon Aerodrome, Hedon, Hull, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Hedon Aerodrome, Hedon, Hull, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:
First registered (C of A 2409) as G-AABV on 14.9.28 to Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Co Ltd., Brough. Was the prototype Blackburn L.1C Bluebird Mk.IV. Sold on (and re-registered) to Squadron Leader L.H. Slatter, Brough. Sold back to the Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Co Ltd at Brough. Sold to Dr C.S. Glass, Brough. Finally sold on (and re-registered) on 4.10.33 to Thomas Edward Richardson, Hedon Aerodrome, Hedon, Hull, East Yorkshire (C of R 4673)

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Hedon Aerodrome, Hedon, Hull, Yorkshire on 6.3.1934. Reportedly spun into the ground during a slow roll, shortly after take off. Pilot, Flying Officer Dr John Hugh Paton MB ChB (aged 34) died the next day (7.3.34) of injuries sustained. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Yorkshire Post" March 8th 1934):

“Dr. John Hugh Paton, of Hull, died yesterday from injuries received when an aeroplane in which he was making a solo flight at Hedon on Tuesday evening crashed. He joined the Royal Air Force during the war, and as an Officer of the R.A.F. Reserve he had done a considerable amount of flying at Brough and at Hedon.”

Registration G-AABV cancelled by/on 30.9.1934 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"


British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919-1999
Compiled by Michael Austen
Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1999
ISBN 0 85130 281 5

Revision history:

23-Jan-2010 09:23 John Baker Added
21-Dec-2012 14:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-Nov-2017 20:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-May-2018 15:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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