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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195876
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:06-NOV-1939
Time:night
Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk I
Owner/operator:2 SFTS Royal Air Force (2 SFTS RAF)
Registration: L4547
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Black Bourton, South of RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6.11.1939: On the 6th of November 1939 Peter Davidson and his student, Sergeant Richard Watkin Adcock, took off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxford Mk I L4547 for a night flying exercise. The weather was clear with a few scattered clouds and the aircraft took off and climbed straight out normally and at a height of about four hundred feet it began a gentle right hand turn. It then began to lose height at right angles to the flare path and disappeared from view. Shortly after this a heavy shower of rain passed over the airfield. The aircraft crashed at a flat angle at Black Bourton, to the south of the airfield and was destroyed. Both men were killed.

A court of enquiry was established which concluded that the accident was probably caused by the aircraft running into the heavy rain shower at four hundred feet and that Davidson failed to rely on his instruments to maintain height and direction. The enquiry also established that Peter Davidson had flown thirty eight hours in Oxfords and it was considered that his experience was in instrument flying had not been tested before he was permitted to fly at night

Crew:
Pilot Officer Robert Patrick Shene Davidson (Service Number 70161, aged 39) killed
Sgt Richard Watkin Adcock (Service Number 740074, aged 27) killed

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-airspeed-as10-oxford-i-black-bourton
3. http://www.hambo.org/lancing/view_man.php?id=42
4. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
5. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/remembering-today-6-11-39-pilot-sergeant-r-w-adcock-740074-royal-air-force-volunteer-reserve.43241/
6. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71842586
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2691170/davidson,-robert-patrick-shene/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2933123/adcock,-richard-watkin/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jun-2017 21:35 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Apr-2018 19:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
04-Dec-2018 16:37 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]

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