Accident Avro 504K G-CYCI, Sunday 20 February 1921
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Date:Sunday 20 February 1921
Type:Silhouette image of generic A504 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro 504K
Owner/operator:Canadian Military
Registration: G-CYCI
MSN: H9736
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lake Simcoe, ON -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Camp Borden, ON
Destination airport:Toronto, ON
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Ex RAF H9736. Part of 1919 Imperial Gift of 100 Avro 504Ks. Taken on charge 23.11.20. Written off 20.2.21 as per details below:

CLAXTON, Lieutenant William Gordon - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 August 1918. Born 1 June 1899 in Ogilvie, Manitoba. Home in Toronto; graduated in RFC/Canada; as a 2nd Lieutenant he left Toronto on 29 September 1917; at Training Depot, 29 October 1917; to CFS, Upavon, 30 October 1917; with No.41 Squadron, 26 March to 17 August 1918 (missing, prisoner of war); repatriated 1 December 1918.

At Camp Borden for refresher training, on 20 February 1921 he took off in Avro 504K G-CYCI for Toronto. His engine failed and he tried to land on the ice at the south end of Lake Simcoe, striking a ridge which was hard to see, wiping out the undercarriage, and doing other damage.

Aircraft not repaired: struck off charge 17.4.1923. Pilot survived uninjured, died of natural causes on 28 September 1967 aged 69.


British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919-1999

Revision history:

01-Feb-2008 11:33 JINX Added
18-Jan-2013 08:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Nov-2017 14:26 Sergey L. Updated [Location]

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