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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212328
Last updated: 2 July 2019
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Date:01-JUL-1928
Time:18:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A504 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 504N
Owner/operator:23 Squadron Royal Air Force (23 Sqn RAF)
Registration: H2534
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Clifton, near Henlow, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Avro 504N H2534, 23 Squadron, RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey: Written off (destroyed) 1/7/1928 when dived into the ground, Clifton, near Henlow, Bedfordshire. Both crew on board were killed:

Flight Lt Harold Charles Calvey (aged 31) killed
Flight Sgt William Charles Hollier (Service Number 3720 aged 35) killed

Accoarding to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (July 5, 1928 page 581 - see link #3)

"R.A.F. " Crack " Pilot Killed
FLIGHT-LIEUT. H. C. CALVEY and a R.A.F. aircraftsman were killed on July 1 at Clifton, Bedfordshire, when flying an Avro-Lynx. The former was a well-known aerobatic pilot, and often performed for the R.A.F. at air meetings."

a Further report was published in "Flight" magazine July 26, 1928 page 655 - see link #4)

Royal Air Force Flying Accidents
THE Air Ministry regrets to announce that as the result of an accident at Clifton, near Henlow, to an Avro machine of
the Royal Air Force Practice Camp, Sutton Bridge, on July 1, Flight-Lieut. Harold Charles Calvey, the pilot of the aircraft, and 3720 Flight-Sergt. William Charles Hollier were killed."

Buried St Marys Churchyard, Henlow, Bedfordshire. It was reported that Lieutenant Calvey was one of the finest aerobatic pilots in the RAF, and at the time of his death held the world record for flying upside down. He left a wife and a young boy of 4 when he died.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1929.htm
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17344-RAF-fatalities-1928
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1928/1928%20-%200633.html?search=Philip%20Cranswick
4. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1928/1928%20-%200711.PDF
5. https://www.flickr.com/photos/51673610@N05/42250487412/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Jun-2018 19:30 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Jun-2018 15:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
06-Oct-2018 05:47 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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