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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195871
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:01-AUG-1939
Time:day
Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk I
Owner/operator:15 SFTS Royal Air Force (15 SFTS RAF)
Registration: N6297
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea,1/2 mile E of Boar's Head Rock, Spey Bay, Moray Firth -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lossiemouth, Morayshire
Destination airport:RAF Lossiemouth, Morayshire
Narrative:
Airspeed Oxford Mk.1 N6297, 15 SFTS, RAF Lossiemouth: On 1.8.1939, the crew was engaged in a training exercise. While flying off RAF Lossiemouth, the twin engine aircraft collided in unknown circumstances with another RAF Airspeed AS.10 Oxford (N6329) which was carrying one pilot. Both aircraft crashed into the sea and were lost. Last known position of both aircraft was approximately half a mile east of the Boar's Head Rock, Spey Bay, Moray Firth. All three crewmen in both aircraft were killed. According to a contemporary newspaper report:

"Aberdeen Weekly Journal" (Aberdeenshire, Scotland 7 Sep 1939)

WASHED ASHORE
The body of Flying Officer Eric W. Yates one of the three men who lost their lives when two R.A.F. machines from the Flying Training School at Lossiemouth collided in mid-air over the sea on August 1, was washed up on the rocks at Nethermill"

Crew of Oxford N6297 (15 SFTS):

Flying Officer Eric Wilson Yates (aged 24, an Australian National)
Pilot Officer Douglas Henry Kitson Alwood (aged 20)

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (August 10, 1939 page 141 - see link #6)

"F/O Eric Wilson Yates, A.P/O. Douglas Henry Kitson Alwood and Cpl. Reginald Cameron Morrell, lost their lives as the result of a collision in the air between two Royal Air Force aircraft which occurred at Lossiemouth on August 1."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-airspeed-as10-oxford-i-raf-lossiemouth-2-killed
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?314-RAF-officer-deaths-1-1-29-3-9-39&p=2440#post2440
5. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34562/page/6504/data.pdf
6. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939-1-%20-%200469.PDF
7. https://canmore.org.uk/site/267464/unknown-boars-head-rock-spey-bay-moray-firth


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jun-2017 20:27 Dr. John Smith Added
31-Mar-2018 21:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2018 19:47 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
21-Mar-2019 18:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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