|RAF Fatalities 1930||A tribute to the thoroughness of AEROPLANE coverage. Nevertheless, some puzzles remain - see GLOVER (14 April 1930), CHARLESWORTH (5 May 1930), VILLIERS (7 June 1930), MILLAR (3 August 1930), WOODLAND (18 August 1930), MINNS (9 October 1930), NESBIT (13 October 1930), WHITTOME (22 October 1930), CROSBIE (2 December 1930).
Also interesting are the cases of cases of STROUD and WILTSHIRE (17 May 1930) and SAWYER (6 August 1930).
Additions (particularly re serials, circumstances) welcomed.
PEARSON, Charles Alfred, F/O - Died 1 January 1930
GREENSLADE, Richard Samuel, F/L - Killed 8 January 1930 at No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, flying accident, collision of Avro 504N J8718 and Avro 504N J8981.
CHILMAN, William Henry, Corporal - Killed 8 January 1930 at No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, flying accident, collision of Avro 504N J8718 and Avro 504N J8981.
GREEN, Leonard Vincent, LAC - Killed 8 January 1930 at No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, flying accident.
GALPIN, Charles Edson, F/O - Killed 8 January 1930 at No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, flying accident.
GALE, Robert Charles Cave, P/O, RAFO - Died 14 January 1930
MACKENZIE, Donald, F/O - Killed 21 January 1930 near Sudbury, Suffolk, in a Fairey machine of No.207 (Bomber) Squadron.
BARNARD, Leonard Edward, Corporal (361666) - Killed 21 January 1930 near Sudbury, Suffolk, in a Fairey machine of No.207 (Bomber) Squadron.
EVANS, Charles Henry Lee, F/O - Died 21 January 1930 at Heliopolis. Had gone to No.6 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, Iraq in September 1927.
FELL, Cecil Alfred Arthur, Sergeant (350944) - Killed 13 February 1930 in a Siskin of No.32 (Fighter) Squadron. ďAn inquest was held at Kenley on February 17 on the body of Sergeant Fell, who was killed on Febriary 13 in a flying accident. Sergeant King said he saw Sergeant Fell flying towards him in a two-seater Siskin about 20 feet from the ground. The parachute in the rear cockpit was strapped in to the satisfaction of Sergeant Fell. Asked of the parachute could become mixed up with the control, Sergeant King said that depended on chance. F/L Trench said he saw Sergeant Fell flying round and round and though that something was jamming his control in the back sear. The speaker flew up alongside him and made signs to him to perform certain evolutions which would drop the parachute out of the back seat. Sergeant Fell tied to loop but failed. Sergeant Fell finally made signs that he was going to jump and followed the speaker to a height of about 6,000 feet. Suddenly Sergeant Fell left the other machine and dived down to about 4,000 feet. Then the machine went out of control and Sergeant Fell left his machine with his parachute. F/L Trench said that he landed and motored to the spot where the machine fell. He found that Fell had not pulled the parachute cord. The control had been jammed by something which might have been a parachute or a cap. Dr W. Stalker said that he thought that the strain had ....Read More.||HughAHalliday on 26th August 2014 02:19:31|
|RAF Fatalities 1930||Hello,
13/06/1930 - HINDELANG, Edward Albert & LANSDELL, William Henry - No.60 Sqn. Wapiti J9712.
George Cross (Exchanges) Awarded between the World Wars.
Empire Gallantry Medal - 13 June, 1930.
LAC Robert DOUGLAS
Kohat, North-West Frontier, India (now Pakistan).
LAC Douglas was 24 years old and serving in 60 Squadron, RAF when an aircraft loaded with bombs crashed shortly after take-off, bursting into flames. Douglas was first on the scene and found the gunner lying near the wreckage with his clothes burning. Using an extinguisher, Douglas put out the fire and after disentangling part of a gun equipment from the injured man, dragged him clear. With the assistance of another airman who had arrived on the scene, and after subduing a renewed burst of fire from the man's clothes, they got him into an ambulance. Then Douglas turned his attention to the pilot in the burning machine; he had approached to within 12yds of the wreckage when the first of the bombs exploded. Now realising that there was no hope of the pilot still being alive, he started to get clear and was 30yds away when a second bomb exploded.
Douglas also served in the Second World War. He died on 10 August 1959.
Leading Aircraftman Robert DOUGLAS (Empire Gallantry Medal) 13 June 1930. Burial location unknown, died in Hackney, London. George Cross Location: National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Complete George Cross. A Full Chronological Record of all George Cross Holders.
Barnsley:Pen & Sword Books,2012.
pp.17 & 79.
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