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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210172
Last updated: 6 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:264 Squadron Royal Air Force (264 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2159
C/n / msn: F.3185
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Little Wenham, Babergh, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:RAF Martlesham, Suffolk
Fairey Battle Mk.I N2159, 264 Squadron, RAF Martlesham Heath: Written off (destroyed) 26/12/39 when crashed after being abandoned in flight at Little Wenham, near Hintlesham, Suffolk (at approximate co ordinates (5201'43.7"N 101'19.5"E) after engine failure. Pilot and sole occupant - P/O (42031) Harold Graham TIPPLE (pilot) RAF - was killed when he bailed out too late and at too low an altitude.

Pilot Officer TIPPLE was buried at Hintlesham churchyard but is now listed on the memorial. The aircraft came down at Wenham Magna,(also known as Great Wenham) a village and a civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk in eastern England at approximate coordinates: 52.003714N 1.014304E.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 11)
2. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 162)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1738:
8. Anglia TV - stated that he is now on the war memorial 18:25 on 26th August 2020


National Archives, Key, London.

Revision history:

29-Apr-2018 23:54 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Nov-2018 22:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
26-Jun-2019 21:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Oct-2019 14:36 GeraldMain Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Photo]
22-Oct-2019 15:17 harro Updated [Narrative]
23-Oct-2019 10:30 Gerald Main Updated [Narrative]
26-Apr-2020 15:00 Nepa Updated [Narrative, Operator]
26-Aug-2020 19:09 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]

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