Accident North American Harvard Mk I P5848,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192675
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Date:Tuesday 9 January 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
North American Harvard Mk I
Owner/operator:15 FTS RAF
Registration: P5848
MSN: 49-1118
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Gordon Castle, near Fochabers, Moray, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport: RAF ????
Destination airport:
P/O Mathew (pilot) and Corporal Irving (pilot u/t) were both killed when their Harvard P5848 of 15 FTS RAF crashed in forced landing at night at Gordon Castle, near Fochabers, Moray.
P/O (42250) Alan John MATHEW (pilot) RAF - killed
Cpl (526562) David IRVING (pilot u/t) RAF - killed

It is notable that the official file on the accident (with photographs) at the National Archives at Kew is now sealed - and thus unavailable to researchers - until January 1 2052 - 112 years (almost to the day) from the date of the accident. (It was originally for 82 years - until January 1 2022 - but was pushed back a further 30 years in 2015). According to the note on the file:
"FOI decision date: 2015
Exemption 1: Personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party
Exemption 2: Information provided in confidence
Record opening date: 01 January 2052"


6. National Archives File Air 81/1781:

Revision history:

09-Jan-2017 10:18 Laurent Rizzotti Added
30-Mar-2018 16:48 A.J.Scholten Updated [Cn]
06-May-2019 20:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2019 22:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
08-Feb-2024 10:34 Nepa Updated [Departure airport, Narrative, Operator]

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