Accident Hawker Hurricane Mk I L1579,
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Date:Tuesday 10 May 1938
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Owner/operator:3 Sqn RAF
Registration: L1579
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Kenley, Surrey, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Kenley, Surrey
Destination airport:RAF Kenley, Surrey
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Hurricane I L1579, 3 Squadron, RAF Kenley: Deliered in March 1938, and written off (destroyed) 10/5/38 when stalled on approach and dived into the ground, at RAF Kenley, Surrey. Pilot - Pilot Officer Hugh Henry-May (aged 20) - was killed. He is buried in the airmen's plot at Kenley (Whyteleafe Village) Church Way cemetery. According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (May 19, 1938 page 489 - see link #7)

P/O Hugh Henry-May lost his life in an accident which occurred at Kenley, Surrey, on May 10 to an aircraft of No. 3 (F) Sqn. P/O Henry-May was the pilot and sole occupant."

As a result of this accident, 3 Squadron RAF were told to relinquish their Hawker Hurricanes, and re-equip with Gloster Gladiator biplanes, as RAF Kenley was deemed to be inadequate to handle Hurricane aircraft. One consequence is that RAF Kenley was expanded to be able to "cope" with the Hurricane, the other being that 3 Squadron RAF was moved to Biggin Hill, where it was once again re-equipped with Hurricanes from July 1939


1. Air-Britain: Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. Three's Company By Jack T C Long
3. Hawker Hurricane Mk I–V By Martyn Chorlton

Revision history:

01-Mar-2008 00:00 JINX Added
03-Jan-2012 14:08 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
14-Jul-2013 03:45 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Source]
01-May-2015 14:12 Quentin Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
27-Feb-2018 00:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2018 16:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2018 16:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Jul-2023 21:50 Nepa Updated [[Narrative]]

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