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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141443
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:2 SS Royal Air Force (2 SS RAF)
Registration: R5929
MSN: 6466
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Easton Hill, near Bishops Cannings, Devizes, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire
c/no.6466: Taken on charge by RAF as R5929 under Contract 21547/39 at 2 E&WS Yatesbury 27.10.39; renamed 2 Signal School RAF 26.8.40.

Written off when stalled and crashed, whilst low flying at Easton Hill, near Bishops Cannings, Devizes, Wiltshire 27.5.41; all 7 on board killed, including civilian pilot Frederick J O’Connor. The six military crew killed were:

AC2 (W/Op under training) Frank BILLINGHAM, Service Number 1192273;
AC2 (W/Op under training) Arthur S. BUTCHER, Service Number1290772;
Corporal (W/Op) Victor C. CHITTOCK, Service Number 640119;
AC2 (W/Op) John BOOTH, Service Number 1000552;
AC2 (W/Op) Ivor C. BURGESS, Service Number 1073117;
AC2 (W/Op under training) John BATES, Service Number 1073782;

All the deaths were registered at Devizes. DH.89A R5929 Struck off charge 3.6.41.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978)

Revision history:

03-Jan-2012 09:40 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Jan-2012 14:15 Nepa Updated [Operator]
09-Jan-2017 20:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2018 09:02 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Narrative, Operator]
18-Feb-2019 22:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2020 16:42 Anon. Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]

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