Accident Bristol F.2 Fighter F4361,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 351999
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Date:Sunday 23 March 1919
Type:Silhouette image of generic BFIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bristol F.2 Fighter
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: F4361
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Town Moor, Newcastle-upon-Tyne -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Town Moor
Destination airport:Town Moor
Pilot Lt Fred Fenwick, aged 31, and wireless-operator AC2 John Henry Underwood, 21, of Number Nine RAF Aircraft Park, Town Moor, Newcastle, were killed when their aircraft struck the cable of a tethered balloon -aloft at 2,000-feet - during a flight to test their aeroplane's wireless system. None of the balloon's three occupants were injured. At the inquest, unit adjutant, Captain S. H. Alston said investigators believed Lt Fenwick had become dazzled by the sun and failed to see the cable. He had served in the Northumberland Fusiliers before joining the RFC in 1916, and on 29.09.17 escaped injury when AW B5794 ''JOHANNESBURG No.2" (a presentation aircraft from South Africa) crashed on landing at RFC Doncaster (No.1 Air Depot) during a delivery flight when side-slipping to avoid a building.


RAF Museum casualty cards;; 'Newcastle Evening Chronicle' 24-29.03.1919.

Revision history:

26-Feb-2024 08:12 Paul Allonby Added
26-Feb-2024 08:12 ASN Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Apr-2024 16:21 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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