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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208387
Last updated: 12 November 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:61 Squadron Royal Air Force (61 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4107
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off Tentsmuir, 5 miles East of RAF Leuchars, Fife -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife
Destination airport:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4107, 61 Squadron, RAF Hemswell: Written off (destroyed) 6/6/39 when stalled and crashed into the sea on air-firing exercise, off Tentsmuir, five miles east of RAF Leuchars, Fife. (Location of loss cited as 56'22.00"N, 2'4.00"W).All three crew killed:

Flying Officer Alner George Newton (pilot, aged 26) killed
Sgt George Harold Fawcett killed
AC1 Robert Glynn Thomas killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (June 22, 1939 page 628 - see link #3)

P/O Alner George Newton, Sgt. George Harold Fawcett and A/C. 1 Robert Glynn Thomas lost their lives in an accident which occurred in Fifeshire, on June 6, to an aircraft of No. 61 Squadron."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (Jamews J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. Whittaker, I G. (1998) Off Scotland: a comprehensive record of maritime and aviation losses in Scottish waters. Edinburgh. Page(s): 195

Revision history:

29-Mar-2018 00:24 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Jul-2018 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
03-Nov-2018 09:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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