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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163621
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers Wellington Mk I
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Sapiston Rectory, about 3 miles from RAF Honington, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Wellington L4363 collided near Honington with Wellington L4248 of the same unit.
L4363 was one of three 9 Squadron aircraft carrying out formation flying practice.
During a defensive move known as a crossover L4363 came into collision at 800ft with the flight leader's aircraft, L4248, & both crashed.
All the airmen in both Wellingtons were killed.
Those who died in Wellington L4363 were :
F/O John Frank Chandler RAF, pilot.
P/O Colin Charles Cameron (from New Zealand) RAF, observer.
AC2 Walter James Chapman RAF, gunner.
AC2 Leonard George Dicks RAF, wireless op./gunner.

RAF Casualties-1939

Revision history:

30-Jan-2014 01:31 angels one five Added
30-Jan-2014 06:44 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
27-Apr-2015 20:46 Victor I Updated [Operator, Narrative]
03-Jan-2016 08:39 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 20:35 Victor Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
01-Apr-2018 18:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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