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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69189
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Fairey Gordon Mk I
Owner/operator:35 Squadron Royal Air Force (35 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K2626
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atbara, River Nile State -   Sudan
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Khartoum, Sudan
Destination airport:
Fairey Gordon Mk.1 K2626, 35 Sqaudron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 3/5/36 when stalled after take-off & hit ground being Destroyed By Fire, at Atbara, River Nile State, Sudan (at approximate Coordinates: 1743′N 3359′E). All three crew killed
Pilot: Pilot Officer Frank Frederick Essam RAF killed.
LAC Jack Trundle Read RAF killed.
LAC Thomas Richard Newton RAF killed.

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (May 14, 1936 page 517 - see ;link #2):

The Air Ministry regrets to announce that Pilot Officer Frank Read Essam, No. 564390, Leading Aircraftsman Jack Trundle Read, and No. 364905 Leading Aircraftsman Thomas Richard Newton, lost their lives on May 3, 1936 to an aircraft of No.35 (Bomber) Squadron. Pilot Officer Essam Squadron was the pilot and Leading Aircraftsman Read and Leading Aircraftsman Newton the passengers".


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

Revision history:

18-Oct-2009 12:31 JINX Added
02-Jun-2013 18:55 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
18-Jul-2013 04:48 JINX Updated [Operator, Source]
02-Aug-2013 13:17 JINX Updated [Operator]
02-Aug-2013 14:27 Nepa Updated [Operator]
03-Aug-2013 14:47 Nepa Updated [Operator]
04-Aug-2013 21:11 JINX Updated [Operator]
04-Jun-2015 17:50 Angel dick one Updated [Operator]
06-Apr-2018 14:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2018 14:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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