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    Default Kenley a/c crash 23/11/1937

    Hi, can anyone throw a bit more light on a crash at Woldingham 23/11/1937. Unknown pilot suffered a broken ankle, a/c was probably a write off from the press description. Thanks Pete

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    Hello,

    Possibly:

    Gloster Gauntlet II K3349

    Delivered to 17 Sqn 13.8.36.
    Crashed on overshoot, Kenley, 23.11.37,
    SOC 3.1.38 (181.30 hrs).

    See:K File (1995)/Halley/A-B/183.

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    Col has had a finger slip, the serial should read K5349. (I get them too.)

    There is an account of the crash in the Surrey Mirror newpaper of 26 November which says that the a/c crashed in fog at The Ridge, Woldingham, near the house named Great South Hawke. OS ref about 187/374538.

    17 Squadron lost two other Gauntlets on this day, K5344 and K5348 collided and came down on or near Farthing Down, Coulsdon. Pilots KV Keene and MP Richards both killed. I will try and find the newspaper report.

    The newspaper cited above also carries the report of the collision, one a/c coming down on the Farthing Downs part of Coulsdon Common, the other in woodland off Doctors Lane, Chaldon, 0.5m from the parish church.

    DaveW
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    Col

    Can you double check that serial ?


    K3349 was an Avro Tutor?

    Paul

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    Hello,

    Apologies, Double Brandy, I mean Double Vision! K5349, of course.

    Col.

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    Thanks folk, found information elsewhere , looks to be P/O Harold Edward Vickery flying Gloster Galdiator K7896. Flying low in cloud along railway line, pulled up to avoid hill, stalled and crashed

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    Lot of info here on aircraft serial
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    As From NZ perhaps Errol can add more?


    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=68927

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    Yes Vickery was flying when he crashed K7896 - a photo in his photo album confirms.

    Errol

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    The Gladiator certainly is a better prospect, the location described in the ASN piece exactly fits the location noted in the newspaper article, The Gauntlet K5349 listed in ABS as crashing on overshoot at Kenley was obviously elsewhere.

    DaveW

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    According to Inquest Reported 10th Dec 1937 on Surrey Mirror


    Farthing Downs part of Coulsdon Common,

    This would be Richards Plane


    the other in woodland off Doctors Lane, Chaldon, 0.5m from the parish church.

    This would be Keene

    It is possible that the third pilot in the night flight Sgt Pilot 509867 Neville Ralph WYNN was flying K3349 that day but this is not mentioned in report which is referenced below



    http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=12682.0

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