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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68650
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Type:Hawker Demon Mk I
Owner/operator:23 Squadron Royal Air Force (23 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K5705
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bourton-on-the-water, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Hawker Demon Mk.I K5705, 23 Sqaudron RAF: Written off 10/1/38 when engine failed in snowstorm & Damaged Beyond Repair after hitting hedge in forced landing. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Gloucestershire Echo", Gloucestershire, 11 January 1938):

Cotswold Workers White Flags Warn R.A.F. Men Of Trees
During yesterday's blizzard over the Cotswolds, an R.A.F 'plane flying over the Bourton district got into difficulties and had to make a forced landing in ploughed field near the Stow-Bourton main road. The two occupants escaped injury, but the machine was damaged.

For some time previous to the landing, the noise of the engine was of the engine was heard and people in the district ran out from their homes. Estate workers rushed into open fields waving white flags to warn the airmen of the various belts of trees in their respective neighbourhoods. Then came silence, and searchers found the 'plane had landed in Mr. D. N. A. Gibbard's field. The airmen were unable to take off again owing to the damage to the machine."


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

Revision history:

08-Oct-2009 13:36 JINX Added
08-Oct-2009 13:38 JINX Updated
11-May-2013 16:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Total occupants]
06-Jul-2013 05:48 JINX Updated [Operator, Source]
20-Sep-2014 08:57 Jixon Updated [Operator]
09-Jan-2015 21:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2018 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]

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