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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209343
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:17-APR-1930
Time:day
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk III (DC)
Owner/operator:111 (Treble One) Squadron Royal Air Force (111 (Treble One) Sqn RAF)
Registration: J8861
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Hornchurch, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Narrative:
Lieut. Yoshito Kobayashi (Japanese Officer attached R.A.F.) Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service bailed out of a Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk.IIIA (DC) J8861 at Hornchurch, Essex, on April 17th 1930

This was after the aircraft caught fire in the air and the petrol tank exploded, Kobayashi sustained burns on his face and wrists, and also received injury to his left ankle through being dragged along the ground by the strong wind in his parachute. It was reported Kobayashi delayed jumping to steer his crippled aircraft away from some cottages.

He was born in 1899 and was later a Naval Test pilot (he was involved in the development of the Zero) and was then a observer in Germany in 1941. He commanded the 253rd Air Group based at Kavieng, 1942-43 Promoted to captain in May 1943, he was assigned to the Naval Air Arsenal in July of that year. In 1944 he was assigned to the Training Division of the Naval Aviation Department and ended the war as executive officer of the Yokosuka Air Group. He died in 1950.

Sources:

1. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21657-April-17th-1930-a-Busy-Parachute-Day
2. http://www.brynelliott.co.uk/about_htm_files/WESTESSEXcrashesMishaps2Peacetime.pdf
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._111_Squadron_RAF#Between_the_wars


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Apr-2018 16:40 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Oct-2018 18:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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