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18th March 2013, 11:16

2 Feb 1929

Seaplane Fairey IIID S1023 "S42" 4441 Flt from HM Aircraft Carrier Furious nose-dived 1000 ft while towing a target into the sea half a mile off the South Admiralty Mole, Gibraltar Bay and sank immediately. 2 occupants killed. , Fg Off (Ltn RN) Richard Francis Bain Cecil Pilot missing. Lt Heathcoat Andrew John Grant (RN) recovered but Died of Injuries. Grant was member 7 Observers Course and not on RAF Officer Casualty List (note first name is Heathcoat not Heathcote as elsewhere)

13 Feb 1929

Flt Lt Reginald Aloysius Courtney MBE Died 13 Feb 29. Death registered Sleaford Qtr 1 1929. He was aged 38 cause unknown.

16 Feb 1929
Leading Aircraftman, JOHN PRUNTY #505489. 30 Sqn. Royal Air Force. Buried HABBANIYA WAR CEMETERY Plot 3 Row N Grave 1.

18 Feb 1929
Sergeant John William Pearce #244149 of 25 Sqn on a Siskin flight from Bristol to Hawkinge. Crashed and burst into flames in a garden of Lagham Manor at South Godstone Surrey

28 Feb 1929

Flt Lt George Anthony Fielding Bucknall. Killed while performing aerobatics over Duxford aerodrome in a Siskin IIIA aircraft of 19 Sqn/ "Ft/Lt G.A.F. Bucknall crashed on diving after a spin and was killed; the machine bursting into flames". (19 Sqn ORB). Buried WHITTLESFORD (SS. MARY AND ANDREW) CHURCHYARD - Cambridgeshire Row A Grave 4.

Other Incidents

4 Feb 1929

Bristol F.2B Fighter J6742 crashed on delivery to 6 Sqn, Zangai.

8 Feb 1929

Gloucester Gamecock forced landed at Chippenham whilst lost. Pilot Officer Worsley, Royal Air Force, stationed at Upavon (CFS ? 3 Sqn ?) had slight injures when aeroplane turned over while attempting to take off again

15 Feb 1929

"Gloucester Scout" crashed in meadow in the Mickleham Valley between Dorking and Leatherhead, Surrey. The pilot, Sergeant Frederick Horlock of 23rd Sqn was taken to the Cottage Hospital at Leatherhead with injuries to the head. His condition was said to be "serious". The aeroplane was attached to the aerodrome Kenley, and was being used in a trial flight. The aeroplane, after striking the ground, overturned and the pilot was pinned under wreckage.

18 Feb 1929

Cpl Kenneth Munro of the R.A.F. Flying Training School Digby, Lincolnshire, struck a tree while making forced landing nd received concussion and severe injuries.

Any Updates/Corrections happily accepted

19th March 2013, 08:32
Some Updates


18 February 1929

Pearce was believed to have become overcome by exhaust fumes


24 February 1929

Flt. Lt. Sydney Leo Gregory "Poppy" Pope, D.F.C., A.F.C. baled out OK of Parnall Pipit N233 at Yate, Glos. The tail broke off in dive test & crashed into a railway embankment. Pope was testing the Bristol made aeroplane at manufacturers aerodrome as part of its acceptance trials before delivery to RAE. Note: Not March 1st 1929 as printed elsewhere

19th March 2013, 10:51
Hi Paul

Prunty - died from injuries sustained two days earlier after being hit by the propeller of DH9A, J8192


19th March 2013, 11:08

Thanks for this