Incident Hawker Hurricane Mk I L1782,
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Date:Monday 27 February 1939
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Owner/operator:79 Sqn RAF
Registration: L1782
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Palmstead Hill Farm, 1 mi N of Bekesbourne, Canterbury, Kent, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Hurricane L1782: Written off (destroyed) 27 February 1939 when crashed one mile north of Bekesbourne, Canterbury, Kent. Pilot bailed out and survived. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald" - Saturday 04 March 1939):

"Saved by Parachute
Pilot Officer Duce (sic), of the R.A.F., Biggin Hill, escaped by parachute when his single-seater Hawker Hurricane monoplane crashed at Bekesbourne on Monday.

The machine developed engine trouble, and it nose-dived in a field at Palmsted Hill Farm, with such force that it made a crater many feet deep and about 10ft. in diameter. Only part of the wings and tail could be seen above ground. The pilot landed safely by parachute at Littlebourne"

Note that, in the above newspaper report, the pilots name was slightly incorrect. Crew of Hurricane L1782 was:
P/O (39276) Frederick John Lawrence DUUS (Pilot) RAF- bailed out / survived

He was killed on 29 October 1942 when he crashed four miles south-west of RAF Guinea Fowl, Gwelo (now Gweru), Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), an airfield which was located approximately halfway between Gweru and Shurugwi, south east of Gwelo. He was the pilot of Tiger Moth DX499 at the time


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1979 p 12)
2. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 4 March 1939

Revision history:

18-Feb-2020 23:57 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Feb-2020 00:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Feb-2020 00:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Feb-2020 09:03 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]
29-Apr-2023 15:20 Nepa Updated [[Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]]

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