ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141443
Last updated: 6 September 2019
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:27-MAY-1941
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:2 SS Royal Air Force (2 SS RAF)
Registration: R5929
C/n / msn: 6466
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Easton Hill, near Bishops Cannings, Devizes, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Yatesbury, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:RAF Yatesbury, Gloucestershire
Narrative:
c/no.6466: Taken on charge by RAF as R5929 under Contract 21547/39 at 2 E&WS Yatesbury 27.10.39; renamed 2 Signal School RAF 26.8.40.

Written off when stalled and crashed, whilst low flying at Easton Hill, near Bishops Cannings, Devizes, Wiltshire 27.5.41; all 7 on board killed, including civilian pilot Frederick J O’Connor. The six military crew killed were:

AC2 (W/Op under training) Frank BILLINGHAM, Service Number 1192273;
AC2 (W/Op under training) Arthur S. BUTCHER, Service Number1290772;
Corporal (W/Op) Victor C. CHITTOCK, Service Number 640119;
AC2 (W/Op) John BOOTH, Service Number 1000552;
AC2 (W/Op) Ivor C. BURGESS, Service Number 1073117;
AC2 (W/Op under training) John BATES, Service Number 1073782;

All the deaths were registered at Devizes. DH.89A R5929 Struck off charge 3.6.41.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Dragon_Rapide#Accidents_and_incidents
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89a-dragon-rapide-bishops-cannings-7-killed
4. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2930-410527-Unaccounted-airmen-27-5-1941/page2
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3156630/o'connor,-/
7. https://rotherhamwarmemorials.weebly.com/rgs-2.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2012 09:40 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Jan-2012 14:15 Nepa Updated [Operator]
09-Jan-2017 20:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2018 09:02 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Narrative, Operator]
18-Feb-2019 22:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description