Re: Bomber Command's First Write Off - Hind K5428 17 July 1936 Location?
Could be something, but could be a red herring?
A couple of forced landing reported in the newspapers, one in The Wash (but the pilot is named as P/O Lowe), and the other in Stebbing, Essex.
From the Taunton Courier, 18 July 1936:
R.A.F Bomber Crashes in Road
Children run to safety
Two children ran screaming into their home at Stebbing, Essex, on Saturday when they saw an R.A.F. bomber dropping swiftly towards them. It crashed on the road a few yards from where they had been playing.
The children were Elsie and Pat Franklyn, of Valentine Cottage, Broadway. The pilot and crew of the 'plane escaped injury. It was one of a flight of bombers on its way to Folkestone for manouevres.
When the pilot had to attempt a forced landing, a wing caught a tree, causing the 'plane to crash on to the road and then skid sideways into a hedge.
The Singapore Morning Tribune names the pilot as F/O John H. Smith:
The Boston Guardian of July 17th also reported the crash, and reports that P/O Smith was "one of the R.A.F. Reserve and was undergoing a course of practical training."
Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England