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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212387
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:10-DEC-1928
Time:day
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk IIIA
Owner/operator:Duxford Met Flt Royal Air Force (Duxford Met Flt RAF)
Registration: J8872
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridegshire
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk.IIIA J8872, RAF Duxford Meteorological Flight: Written off (destroyed) 10/12/1928 in a midair collision with 19 Squadron Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk.IIIA J8851, near Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire. Pilot and sole occupant of Siskin J8872 - Flight Sgt Osmond Cecil Tostevin (Service number 203779, aged 35) killed. Pilot and sole occupant of Siskin J8851 - Flying Officer Edward Gordon Cayley baled out of his aircraft and parachuted to safely.

According to a report in "The Times", December 10, 1928:

"Collision between 19 Squadron Siskin and Duxford Station Flight Siskin near Whittlesford. F/O Edward Gordon Cayley bailed out OK. Flt/Sgt Osmond Cecil Tostevin #203773 killed. Tostevin was station meteorological observer and made daily flights. He was involved in a flying accident in 1927 but unhurt"

Siskin Mk.IIIA J8872 was one of 42 aircraft (J8864-J8905) ordered from the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Co. Ltd., Olympia Works, Leeds, to contract 772529/27.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1929.htm
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17344-RAF-fatalities-1928
3. http://britishaviation-ptp.com/aw_siskin.html
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12722-quot-Met-quot-Casualty-in-1928


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jun-2018 18:09 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Jun-2018 14:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
25-Nov-2018 16:41 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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