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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 197615
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Time:10:45 LT
Type:Hawker Demon Mk I
Owner/operator:25 Squadron Royal Air Force (25 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K4538
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Tilmanstone Colliery, East Langdon, near Dover, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Hawkinge, Folkestone, Kent
Destination airport:
Hawker Demon Mk.I K4538 of 25 Squadron, RAF collided with Hawker Demon K3983 (also of 25 Squadron RAF) in formation, 5.11.1937 over Tilmanstone Colliery, East Langdon, near Dover, Kent. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (November 11, 1937 page 473 - see link #6)

THE Air Ministry regrets to announce that A/C.1 James Dale lost his life as the result of a collision in the air which occurred near Dover on November 5, between two aircraft of No. 25 (Fighter) Squadron, Hawkinge, Kent. A/C.1 Dale was a passenger of one aircraft, the pilot of which, P/O John Geoffrey Cave, descended by parachute and was not injured. The occupants of the second aircraft were uninjured".

Sgt (580208) Philip Richard Smith (pilot) RAF - OK
Corporal (360981) H. Stoten (passenger) RAF - OK

One of the crew of Hawker Demon K3983 was killed, the other bailed out safely. Hawker Demon K4538 sustained only minor damage; it was repaired and returned to service. It was eventually relegated to being a ground instructional airframe (as 1631M) in August 1939.


1. Air-Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s
2. Dover Express, Friday 12 November 1937

Revision history:

08-Mar-2018 19:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Apr-2018 17:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
14-Apr-2018 18:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Oct-2018 17:52 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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