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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141477
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:07-OCT-1940
Time:15:30 LT
Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk II
Owner/operator:14 SFTS Royal Air Force (14 SFTS RAF)
Registration: N4729
MSN: 2459
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Newton Park Farm, one mile SSW of Turvey, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On Monday 7th October 1940 Flying Officer James Bridge and Leading Aircraftman Jack Kissner of 14 Flying Training School were on low flying practice out of Cranfield in Airspeed Oxford N4729 when it struck a tree and crashed between the Newton Blossomville to Turvey road, and the former railway line near Newton Park Farm, one mile SSW of Turvey. The accident happened at about 3.30pm.

The aircraft burst into flames on impact with the ground and the two crewmen died instantly. A subsequent Court of Inquiry found that pilot was flying less than 100 feet above the ground and had flown into bright sun, which hampered his vision. It was also stated that, although James Bridge had a total of nearly 500 flying hours, he had not had much experience of flying dual in an Oxford and this may have been a contributory factor.

77783 Flying Officer (Pilot) James Frederick Bridge was 26. His wife lived at Bedford and he is buried at Bedford Cemetery.
938026 Jack Henry Kissner (Pilot Under Training) of Northampton is buried at Cranfield (Saints Peter and Paul) Churchyard. He was 23.

Sources:

1. http://www.mackz.net/cm_turvey%20news.htm
2. http://www.wingleader.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/WTSBedssamplepdf.pdf
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2705820/bridge,-james-frederick/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2705926/kissner,-jack-henry/
5. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/royal-air-force-war-grave-photos-for-reference.33488/page-55#post-415230
6. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/BedfordCemetery-4.html
7. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32940310/jack-henry-kissner
8. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/royal-air-force-war-grave-photos-for-reference.33488/page-15#post-407828


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2012 11:03 Uli Elch Added
03-Jan-2012 13:05 Uli Elch Updated [Date]
31-Jul-2017 18:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2017 18:40 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator]
21-Mar-2019 22:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]
23-Mar-2019 12:29 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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