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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22142
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk I
Owner/operator:5 SFTS Royal Air Force (5 SFTS RAF)
Registration: N4731
MSN: 2461
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Queensferry near RAF Sealand, Flintshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Sealand, Flintshire
Destination airport:RAF Sealand, Flintshire
Written off (destroyed) 26 April 1940: The crew was performing a night training exercise from the RAF Sealand. En route, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in a field located in Queensferry, near the airbase. Both pilots were killed:

Sergeant Peter William Roberson (Pilot, RAFVR, Service Number 741275, aged 24)
Sergeant Thomas George Horsfield (Pilot, RAFVR, Service Number 748463, aged 19)

Cause: Crew error.

It is notable that the official accident report file at the Public Record Office (PRO/National Archives) at Kew have been sealed and are unavailable until January 1 2024 (82 years instead of the usual 30). A decision to open the file for public scrutiny was overturned in 2015 (see link #3)


3. Air Ministry File AIR 81/2037 at PRO Kew:

Revision history:

04-Aug-2008 08:36 Anon. Added
31-Jan-2012 01:09 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport]
01-Apr-2012 07:45 rvargast17 Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities]
24-Jul-2017 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Mar-2019 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2019 12:27 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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