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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207644
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Date:12-SEP-1938
Time:day
Type:Fairey IIIF Mk IV
Owner/operator:Ramleh CF Royal Air Force (Ramleh CF RAF)
Registration: J9798
MSN: F.1198
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, off Gaza, Palestine -   Israel
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Aboukir, Alexandria, Egypt
Destination airport:RAF Ramleh, Palestine
Narrative:
Fairey IIIF J9798, RAF Ramleh Communications Flight: Written off (presumed destroyed) 14/9/38 when went missing off coast out of fuel, between Abukir, Alexandria, Egypt, and Ramleh, Palestine on 12/9/38. Aircraft last reported off the coast of Palestine, west of Gaza. Aircraft presumed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, and both crew presumed to be MIA, later KIA:

Lt Frederick Scarborough killed
Pilot Officer Desmond Edward Bell (pilot) missing, believed killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (September 22, 1938 page 259 - see link #2)

"FLYING ACCIDENTS

Since the disappearance on September 12 of an aircraft of the Communication Flight, Ramleh, Palestine, it must now be assumed that P/O Desmond Edward Bell and Lt. Frederick Scarborough (late Royal Air Force), lost their lives on that date. P/O Bell was the pilot of the aircraft and Lt. Scarborough the only other occupant."

NOTE: Some published sources (see link #2) have J9798 as being with 47 Squadron, RAF Khartoum, Sudan, and having been converted/updated to Fairey Gordon standard.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm
2. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1938/1938%20-%202655.PDF
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?15441-Communication-Flight-RAF-Ramleh-Missing-Aircraft-Sept-12th-1938


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Mar-2018 21:56 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Nov-2018 17:55 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
05-Nov-2019 22:59 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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