Accident Handley Page Heyford Mk IIA K4034,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153915
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Date:Wednesday 19 February 1936
Type:Handley Page Heyford Mk IIA
Owner/operator:97 Sqn RAF
Registration: K4034
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:200 metres off Sainte Addresse, Le Havre -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 19.2.36, Handley Page Heyford IIA K4034, of 97 Squadron, RAF, based at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, ditched at night. Crashed into the English Channel, 200 meters off coast at Sainte Addresse, near Le Havre, France, while trying to land, low on fuel, in fog. Only one of the crew of four survived:
Sgt Walter Job (RAF) killed, drowned
AC1 Cyril Adolphus Tregannon Bickham (RAF) killed, drowned
AC2 William Watkin (RAF) missing, believed drowned
F/O Robert Humphrey Page (RAF) survived, found, and was rescued

In the early hours of the morning of 18-19.2.36 the pilot transmitted that they were very low on fuel, and that, despite circling the area of Le Havre, trying to land the aircraft, they were forced to ditch into the English Channel. The control tower at Croydon Airport sent out a message at just before 04:00 hours for all vessels in the area to look out for a twin-engine night bomber lost over the Channel. The last message sent by the aircraft was at 03:30 hours in the area of Fecamp.


2. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)

Revision history:

09-Mar-2013 12:15 Alpine Flight Added
17-Nov-2016 15:39 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 19:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Source, Narrative]
20-Feb-2018 18:57 Nepa Updated [Operator]
24-Feb-2022 14:14 Jinx 40 Updated [Operator]
05-Jul-2022 11:13 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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