Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk III K8958,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215964
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Date:Sunday 15 October 1939
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk III
Owner/operator:102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF
Registration: K8958
MSN: AWA.1401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Garton on the Wolds, East Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Whitley K8958 was built to contract 522438/36 by Armstrong Whitworth Ltd at Baginton and was delivered to 102 Squadron at Driffield on 3rd November 1938. It seems to have had an uneventful life until sustaining Cat.W/FA damage On 15th October 1939. The crew of this 102 Squadron aircraft had just taken off from Driffield to undertake a training flight. When flying at 600 feet the starboard elevator trim tab failed causing the aircraft to go into a dive. Despite his best efforts the pilot could not prevent a crash landing.

Control was lost when the undercarriage still locked down, travelling at around 100 mph the pilot did not have time to raise the undercarriage. The aircraft crash landed two miles north of airfield near Garton on the Wolds. The aircraft was badly damaged but all of the crew escaped uninjured but only pilot was named in records
P/O Robert Clare Bisset (39778) pilot RAF of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Crew names unknown.

K8958 was deemed beyond repair, and struck off charge; it had flown a total of 210.25 hours.



Revision history:

02-Oct-2018 19:37 Dr.John Smith Added
14-Oct-2018 17:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-May-2024 21:42 Nepa Updated [Time, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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