Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date24/08/1921
CasualtiesAir Cdre E.M. Maitland CMG DSO AFC; Flt Lt G.M. Thomas DFC; Flt Lt I.C. Little AFC; Flt Lt R.S. Montagu DSC; Flt Lt J.F.M. Pritchard OBE AFC; Fg Off T.F. Mathewson AFC; Fg Off V.H. Wicks; Flt Sgt S.J. Heath; Flt Sgt W.H. Greene; Flt Sgt H. Thompson; Flt Sgt F. Smith; Flt Sgt J. Rye; Flt Sgt A.T. Martin; Sgt J.W. Mason; Sgt F.E. Burton; LAC G.S. Anger; LAC W. Oliver; LAC J.N. Wilson; AC1 J.C. Drew; AC1 C.W. Donald; AC1 E.E. Steere AM; AC1 C.W. Penson; AC2 R. Parker; AC2 R. Withington; Mr J.R. Pannnell, National Physical Laboratory; Mr C.W. Duffield, , National Physical Laboratory; Mr C.J.R. Campbell, Royal Airship Works; Mr F. Warren, Royal Airship Works
AircraftAirship R.38
Took off fromHowden, Yorkshire
Purpose of flightProlonged, cruising test flight with the future American crew on board (not listed) to gain experience
Incident locationRiver Humber Estuary, Near Hull, Yorkshire
Incident detailsDuring flight near full rudder was applied and this was almost immediately reversed. The airship was flying at about 45 or 50 m.p.h. and the structure began to fail between frames 9 and 10, finally breaking in two. The forward section caught fire and both parts fell into the river amidst an intense petrol fire


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