Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk II K7261,
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207770
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Saturday 22 October 1938
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk II
Owner/operator:51 Sqn RAF
Registration: K7261
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Aldwark, near Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II K7261, 51 Squadron, RAF Linton-on-Ouse: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 22/10/38 when crashed at Aldwark, near Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire. Two of the four crew were killed:

Pilot Officer Franklin Gordon Hanlan (pilot) RAF killed
AC1 Christopher Peter Timothy Bowring (RAF) killed
Flt Sgt Frank Clifford Noyes severely injured
AC1 Andrew Moffat Fleming slightly injured

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (November 10, 1938, page 430 - see link #3):

P/O Franklin Gordon Hanlan (pilot) and A/C.1 Christopher Peter Timothy Bowring lost their lives, Fit. Sgt. Frank Clifford Noyes was dangerously injured, and A/C.1 Andrew Moffat Fleming was slightly injured- in an accident which occurred at Aldwark, Yorkshire, on October 22, to an aircraft of No. 51 (Bomber) Squadron, Linton-upon-Ouse, Yorkshire." Noyes died within a year in part due to his injuries.
The crash occurred in a heavy fog when they crashed into trees on their third attempt to land.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976, page 59)

Revision history:

17-Mar-2018 19:54 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Nov-2018 13:06 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
02-Nov-2023 15:24 TFRH Updated [[Operator]]
14-May-2024 21:33 Nepa Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314