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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157502
Last updated: 16 November 2021
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Date:02-JUN-1940
Time:17:00 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:16 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (16 OTU RAF)
Registration: P1179
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P1179 of 16 OTU RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. Written off (destroyed) 2/6/1940 when took off at 17.00 hours from Upper Heyford for the pilot's first Hampden solo flight. While banking to the left the aircraft flew into a tree and burst into flames. The pilot (the sole person on board) was killed:

Pilot: 42444 Pilot Officer (Pilot) Basil Simpson, RAF (Age 22).

He is buried in Sec B Grave 39 Upper Heyford Cemetery

Sources:

1. Air-Britain: Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-R9999
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2421973/simpson,-basil/
3. http://www.theygavetheirtoday.com/raf-upper-heyford.html
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/16_OTU.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jul-2013 17:13 JINX Added
07-Jul-2013 17:16 JINX Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Jun-2015 10:32 King Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]
14-Jul-2018 23:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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