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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68616
Last updated: 12 November 2021
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Date:17-JUN-1937
Time:day
Type:Hawker Demon Mk I
Owner/operator:601 (County of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (601 (County of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K3796
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Hendon, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hendon, Middlesex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hawker Demon Mk.1 K3796, 601 (County of London) Squadron, RAF: Written off (Damaged Beyond Repair) 17/6/37 after losing power on take-off, stalled & hit fence at RAF Hendon, Middlesex. Although there were no fatalities, the pilot, Squadron Leader John Woodburn "Gillo" Gillan sustained severe leg injuries.

However, he recovered, and later rose to the rank of of Wing Commander, being awarded the AFC, DFC and Bar on the way. He later flew 9 Hampden operations with 49 Squadron.

Wing Commander Gillan was shot down on 29/8/41 flying Spitfire (W3715) during a Blenheim escort to Hazebrouck and is buried in the Dunkirk Town Cemetery.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13859-Demon-K3796-Crash-Hendon-June-17th-1937-601-Sqn
3. http://www.601squadron.com/j.w.-gillan.html
4. 601 Squadron ORB (Air Ministry Form 540) 01/11/1928-30/9/39: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8415339
5. https://www.british-genealogy.com/threads/81749-Squadron-leader-(-)-Vanstone?s=02c38c35faea8c8dfd1ead5cc7e21522


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Oct-2009 15:33 JINX Added
18-Jan-2012 06:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source]
14-Jul-2013 02:59 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source]
01-Aug-2013 21:13 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]
02-Aug-2013 13:18 JINX Updated [Operator, Location]
03-Aug-2013 15:38 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
04-Aug-2013 06:55 JINX Updated [Operator, Location]
03-Oct-2013 01:16 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
01-Mar-2014 22:43 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
02-Aug-2014 17:15 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
14-Oct-2014 14:55 Polis Updated [Operator]
22-Jan-2016 06:30 JINX Updated [Operator]
05-Mar-2016 14:05 J.Cryer Updated [Operator]
12-Apr-2018 19:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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