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    Default "RAF Bomber" crash A&AEE Martlesham Heath April 19th, 1937

    All after the success of earlier. I am hoping for some more!

    On April 19th, 1937 a 'RAF Bomber' crashed in the neighbourhood of Waldringfield, Suffolk. The pilot Flight Lieut. Maurice Hare (RAFO) escaped by parachute but his passenger A/C.1 George Peter Smurthwaite was killed. The aircraft belonged to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at Martlesham Heath. Hare jumped from the aircraft just before the crash occurred, and was found lying in a field about a quarter of a mile from where the machine fell where he had slight injuries.

    Again, I am after the ID of the aircraft involved. There was at least another RAF Bomber crash that day where the crew of 3 received 'slight injuries'

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    Paul

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    Hello,

    Vickers Wellington Prototype K4049 - AAEE - Tail broke off; aircraft crashed 19-4-1937

    http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=40

    Col.
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    Paul

    Wellington K4049, I also have a Hind of 98S, K6617 which may be your other a/c.
    regards
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    Paul,

    Again from AB 'K' File (p.431):

    The A&AEE loss was Vickers B.9/32 (Wellington prototype) K4049

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    Paul,
    prototype Wellington, K4049.
    Hare did not jump! he was thrown out through the cockpit roof as the tail disintegrated in a diving trial of the aircraft.

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    Sean.

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    Thanks - Doh! should have got this one myself

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    "Hind of 98S, K6617 which may be your other a/c."

    Was my other a/c crew was pilot P/O Eric Richard Dennis Vaughan 37838 and Cpl Ballett (almost certainly William Alfred Ballett #366007, later commissioned #45141 and MBE. The aircraft crashed through a hedge after attempting to force land in a field near Park House Farm at Lowca near Whitehaven Cumberland in heavy rain. The crew (one of 3 aircraft) were on their way from Hucknall, Notts to Stranraer amd were slightly injured.

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