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    Default Fg Off Richard Graham Chapell, RAF 1922-1926

    Hi all

    Does anyone have any information on one Fg Off Richard Graham Chapell, please?

    According to The Times of 31 August 1923, he was injured in a flying accident in a 41 Squadron aircraft, but I have no actual evidence of him being on the Squadron, and the serial of the aircraft (H5245) may suggest it was an Avro, rather than a Snipe, which is what the Sqn was equipped with at the time.

    This is what I have so far:

    b Plymouth, Devon, 22 Sep 97
    Temp Lt, Gordon Highlanders, WWI (WIA, GSW, Palestine, 1918)
    rel com on completion of svce, 21 Jul 20, rtng Lt
    com Capt, 1 Btn Gordon Highlanders, 22 Jul 20 (sen 1 Oct 19)
    app to SSC as Prob Plt Off in RAF, 14 Jul 22
    2 FTS, Dxfd, 14 Jul 22
    trans to RARO, Indian Army, 20 Jul 22
    Plt Off, 14 Jan 23
    Supry, RAF Depot Uxb, for crse, SAC, Old Sarum, 15 May 23
    inj in MVA, thrown onto road in collision bet car & motorcycle, bet Southampton & Salisbury, 22 May 23
    IFA (fract jaw & nose), climbed at low speed on x-cntry flt & stalled in 41 Sqn Snipe (Avro?), H5245, Orpington, & admtd Queen’s Hosp, Frognal, 31 Aug 23
    Fg Off, 14 Jan 24
    Inland Area A/C Depot, Henlow, 11 Feb 24
    STT (Men), Mstn, 27 Mar 24
    RAF Depot Uxb, 5 Jun 24
    Reception Depot, W Drayton, 1 Sep 24
    IAC Flt, Rotherhithe, Sep 1924-Jun 25
    ran out of fuel on solo x-country flt, FL/NI in Avro, H2458, Southwark Pk, Lon, 8 Dec 24
    reduction in sen as Fg Off to 31 Mar 25, WEF 9 Apr 25
    24 (C) Sqn (Bristol F.2b), Kenley, 5 Jun 25
    100 (B) Sqn (Fawn), Spittalgate, 24 Sep 25
    filed for bankruptcy (76/1925), 6 Nov 25
    resigned SSC, 18 Aug 26
    arr Fremantle Western Australia, ca 1927 (believed emigrated to Aust, appears on WA electoral rolls, 1936-80)
    charged with murder of Linton L. Lethlean of Morawa WA, 6 Nov 30, but acquitted, Supreme Court, Perth, Jan 32
    marr Olive V. Lethlean (widow of murdered man), Geraldton WA, 11 Mar 32 (d 29 Jul 97)
    Cpl, Royal Aust Army (W15535), 12 Dec 41-15 May 44
    resided Tibradden Stn, via Geraldton
    d Katanning, WA, 18 May 81

    Does anyone have a handle on the man or the aircraft serial in the original 31 Aug 1923 accident, please?

    Thanks
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Steve,

    Passenger Arrivals Index 1898-1966

    Family Name: CHAPELL
    Given Names: Richard Graham (British/29/Single)
    Title: - (Farm Worker)
    Date of Arrival: 6 June 1927
    Ship/Aircraft Name: BENDIGO (P&O.S.N.Coy)
    Port of Embarkation: London
    Digital Copy - Yes
    Item Barcode: 11552411

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetri...B=11552411&S=1 (See:pp.12-13 of 28)

    Col.
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    Thanks Col, that certainly appears to confirm he emigrated Downunder.

    Interesting chap; I'm just not sure yet if he belongs on my 41 Sqn Nominal Roll.

    Cheers
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Steve,

    The accident on 31/8/1923 was to Avro 504K H5245 which came down at Goddington, Orpington.

    regards

    DaveW

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    From the Shepton Mallet Journal, September 7th 1923:

    ANOTHER 'PLANE CRASH
    While flying over Orpington, Kent, Friday morning, an Avro Scout plane, on its way from Northolt, Middlesex, to Croydon, dived to the ground from a height of about 70ft. The machine was wrecked, and the pilot officer, Richard Graham Chapell, sustained a fractured jaw and nose. He was detained at the Queen's Hospital, Sidcup. An official at the Air Ministry stated that the cause of the accident had not been discovered.


    Simon

    EDIT - the Sydney Morning Herald of December 15th 1931 has more about the murder charge:

    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/124346387/

    The lnquest was concluded at Morawa yesterday concerning the death of Linton Leigh Lethlean. farmer, of Kadji, who was fatally ahot by his partner. Richard Graham Chapell. about 36, while Lethlean was driving a motor truck into Morawa. The Coroner committed Chapell for trial on charge of wilful murder. Lethlean was slttlng with his wife and two children in the front of the truck, and Chapell was riding behind the canopy. Chapell stated that the rifle accidentally exploded when he stepped back from the canopy to unload It. Lethlean was shot in the head, ana died soon afterward. Chapell admitted on Wednesday that he was Intimate with Lethlean's wlfe.

    and a post-script, from the West Australian of March 12th 1932:

    http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/ar...651556/2917340

    MORAWA TRAGEDY.
    Lethlean's Widow Married.
    GERALDTON, March 11.— At the office of the District Registrar of Marriages, Geraldton, this afternoon, the marriage was celebrated of Richard Graham Chapell and Olive Victoria Lethlean, of Morawa.
    Chapell was recently acquitted at the Supreme Court, Perth, on a charge of having wilfully murdered Mrs. Lethlean's husband, a farmer, at Morawa. The bridegroom was described as a bachelor, aged 34 years, living at Morawa, and the bride as a widow, aged 33 years, of Kadji farm, Morawa. The notice for the marriage was given at the District Office at Dongarra. The couple, who were unaccompanied, arrived at the office at 4.45 p.m., and the ceremony occupied only two or three minutes, witnesses being obtained by calling in members of the office staffs in the building.
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    Thanks gents

    Dave, if the aircraft was an Avro 504K, as I suspect it was, it only confuses things further.

    All I have to go on in this: http://brew.clients.ch/chapell.html which doesn't help much.

    This is the only mention I can find of Chapell anywhere with any relation to 41 Sqn.

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    RAF Vault

    Has him listed 41 Sqn

    http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.u...ve/chapell-r.g


    he has a number of listings on that site

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    Brilliant; thank you, Paul.

    That is a source I was not aware of, and appears to confirm Chapell was with 41 Sqn at the time.

    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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