Accident Vickers Vildebeest Mk II K6372, 21 Jun 1938
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207465
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Type:Vickers Vildebeest Mk II
Owner/operator:100 Squadron Royal Air Force (100 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K6372
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 miles off Cape Rachado, Straits Settlements -   Singapore
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Seletar, Singapore
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Vickers Vildebeest Mk.II K6372, 100 Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore: Written off (destroyed) 21/6/38 when crashed into the sea at night (presumed in flight colllision), with Vildebeest Mk.II K2918, 10 miles off Cape Rachado, Malaya. All on board both aircraft were killed (three in each aircraft):

Flying Officer George Leslie Arthur Cooper (pilot) killed
Flying Officer (Acting Flight Lt) Richard Clive Meares (pilot, aged 25) killed
Pilot Officer Hugh Angus Bethune (aged 23 and a New Zealander) killed
LAC Hugh Thomas killed
LAC William Stanley Lawrence killed
AC1 George Leonard Walters killed

However, it is not clear which crew were in which aircraft. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (July 7 1938 page 21 - see link #3)

THE Air Ministry regrets to announce that an accident occurred near Cape Rachado on June 21 to two aircraft of No. 100 (T.B.) Sqn., Seletar, Straits Settlements, in which the following occupants are missing and believed to have lost their lives:—
F/O Act. Fit. Lt. Richard Clive Meares,
F/O George Leslie Arthur Cooper,
P/O Hugh Angus Bethune,
L.A/C. Hugh Thomas,
L.A/C. William Stanley Lawrence,'
A/C. 1st Class George Leonard Walters.

Flt. Lt. Meares and F/O Cooper were the pilots of their respective aircraft and the other missing occupants formed the crews."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 51)

Revision history:

13-Mar-2018 20:19 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Mar-2018 20:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
14-Oct-2018 16:49 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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