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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211576
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Date:22-SEP-1925
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic BFIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol F.2b Fighter
Owner/operator:1 Sqn Irish Air Corps
Registration: BF.VI
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cherryvilla, 3 miles from Kildare, County Kildare -   Ireland
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland.
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Bristol F.2b Fighter BF.VI, 1 Squadron, Irish Army Air Corps: Written off (destroyed) 22/9/1925 when it hit a tree during a mock bombing run, and crashed at Cherryvilla, County Kildare, Ireland. One of the crew of two was killed:

Commandant Thomas Joseph Maloney (pilot, aged 26) killed
Sgt Tracey (passenger) injured

On Tuesday the 22/9/1925 Commandant (Major) Thomas Joseph Maloney of the Irish Air Corps died as a result of an air crash during Army manoeuvers at the Curragh, county Kildare. The accident happened at Cherryvilla about three miles from Kildare. The plane he was flying became entangled in a tree as it swooped low in a mock bombing of a bridge.

The observer in the plane, Sergeant J Treacy was severely shaken but not seriously injured. Major Maloney had to be cut from the wreckage and was removed to the Curragh Military Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

Maloney was 26 years old and had served with the British Army during WW1 with the Yorkshire Regiment and later joined the R.A.F. where he trained as a pilot and was promoted to Lieutenant. He joined the National Army in August 1922 and served as a pilot at Baldonnell before transferring to Fermoy as Officer Commanding Air Services, he later transferred back to headquarters at Baldonnell. He was educated at Saint Peterís, Freshfield Lancashire, Saint Munchinís College Limerick and also attended the Civil Service College Dublin and Birmingham University. He was born on the 16/1/1899 in Shanagolden, Limerick, and was the son of a Farmer.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1929.htm
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curragh_Camp#Handover
3. http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/5262/1/Michael_O_Malley_20140722095807.pdf
4. http://www.irishmedals.ie/Irish-Medals.php


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-May-2018 18:36 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Nov-2018 21:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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