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 Wapiti IIA J9380



Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  10 Jan 31 Aircraft Name  Wapiti IIA Serial Number  J9380
Unit  39 Sqn Operating Airfield  Risalpur Country  India
Aircrew details Sgt WREN, James Edward
Cpl JEFFREY, Thomas William Pernny
Details Risalpur, India in a Wapiti . Wapiti J9380 10th Jan 1931 -> EAGLE STRIKES AEROPLANE. TWO FLYERS KILLED. (United Press Association—by Electric Telegraph-Copyright.) (Received January 20th, 7.40 p.m.) DELHI, January 19. A huge rock eagle caused an Air Force aeroplane to crash at Risalpur, in the Punjab, resulting in the death of two airmen. Their machine, with 36 others, was practising formation flying for the forthcoming Royal Air Force pageant at Delhi. The aeroplanes were descending when one was struck by the eagle, smashing the fabric of one wing. The observer, Jeffreys, jumped out, but his parachute became entangled in the fuselage, and he and Sergeant Wren, the pilot, perished in the crash. The eagle had a wing span of eight feet. Such birds are fairly common in the Risalpur district.
Source RAF1930

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