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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68612
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Hawker Demon Mk I
Owner/operator:608 (North Riding) Squadron Royal Air Force (608 (North Riding) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K3771
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tall Trees Farm, Yarm, near RAF Thornaby, Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Demon K3771 was built to contract 246267/33 by Hawker at Kingston and was delivered to Fighting Area on 27th May 1934. It was allocated to 41 Squadron at Aden on 10th October 1935 but returned to UK to 1 ASU on 11th November 1936. It was then issued to 608 Squadron on 6th January 1937.

On 5th February 1938 this aircraft crashed near Tall Trees Farm, Yarm, near the Yarm to Worsall Road after the engine cut out on approach to land at Thornaby airfield. The pilot was reportedly showing off to his girlfriend by low flying, he tried to fly between two trees and hit them and lost a part of his wings.

Pilot - F/O Keith Pyman RAF AAF (90299). Of Yarm. Injured.

Keith Pyman was also a civilian pilot in the late 1920's and early 1930's; on 23rd October 1930 DH60 Gipsy Moth G-ABFT was registered to him and the certificate of airworthiness issued a week later. The aircraft was used at Dunsley aerodrome near Whitby, North Yorkshire. He kept the aircraft until 31st July 1939 when it was registered to the Hartlepool and Teesside Flying Club at West Hartlepool.

As a F/Lt. Keith Pyman, he relinquished his commission on 2nd March 1940, due to being medically unfit for service. The assumption that this was the result of being injured in the flying accident detailed above.


1. Air Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s

Revision history:

07-Oct-2009 15:22 JINX Added
18-Jan-2012 07:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source]
06-Jul-2013 13:43 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source]
03-Aug-2013 15:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
04-Aug-2013 06:57 JINX Updated [Operator]
04-Aug-2013 07:00 JINX Updated [Location]
14-Oct-2013 04:39 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-Nov-2013 15:00 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport]
22-Jan-2014 21:42 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
17-Feb-2014 14:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
02-Mar-2014 18:31 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
09-Jan-2015 21:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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