Accident Hawker Hart Trainer K6437,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21878
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Date:Saturday 23 January 1937
Type:Hawker Hart Trainer
Owner/operator:9 FTS RAF
Registration: K6437
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Pikestone Fell, Near Cockfield, 8 miles NE of Barnard Castle, Durham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Hart Trainer K6437, 9 FTS, RAF Thomaby: Written off (destroyed) 23/1/37 when Pilot became unsure of position while flying in poor visibility. The aircraft just missed a farmhouse on hill, but clipped the roof of cow byre at a farm with the undercarriage, while descending through cloud, and then cartwheeled into the ground 400 yards past the farm and caught fire, at Pikestone Fell, Near Cockfield, eight miles North East of Barnard Castle, County Durham

Pilot Officer Joseph Norman Bell RAF (pilot, aged 22) killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (February 4, 1937 page 120 see link #3):

The Air Ministry regrets to announce that Acting P/O Joseph Norman Bell lost his life in an accident which occurred at Barnard Castle, County Durham, on January 23 to an aircraft of No. 9 Flying Training School, Thornaby. Acting P/O Bell was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft"


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)


The burnt out wreckage of Hawker Hart K6437

Revision history:

31-Jul-2008 23:11 Anon. Added
21-Jan-2012 04:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
12-Jul-2013 08:19 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
03-Mar-2018 18:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2018 00:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2018 16:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 19:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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