Daily Mirror August 9th, 1939 (amongst others)


"Aeroplane crashed at the corner of University-Road and Lancaster Road, Leicester. Loosening his straps, the pilot succeeded in freeing himself a few seconds before the ’plane—an Avro Cadet caught fire in the roadway. The Leicester Fire Brigade were quickly on the spot, but the ’plane was burned out. Sergeant Ford Rowney the pilot, who is in the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve and lives at Coventry, was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary suffering from concussion and a lacerated nose.


Sgt Rowney (#745849) was killed 09/09/1941 in Hampden I AD854 while with 50 Sqn and is buried in Arley, Warwickshire

I wondered if this might have been Avro Cadet G-ADTO which is listed via G-INFO

G-ADTO Avro 643 Cadet II 879 G-ADTO Air Service Training Ltd/Ansty 20.09.35 6323 Scrapped 1.11.45

This has been confirmed via Air Britain Information Exchange

879 Avro 643 Cadet Mk.II Regd G-ADTO [CofR 6323] 20.9.35 to Air Service Training Ltd, Ansty. CofA 5104 issued 4.1.36. Crashed/dbf University Road, Leicester 8.8.39. Regn cld 1.11.45 at census.

Paul