Accident Hawker Nimrod Mk II K2913, Monday 22 March 1937
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Date:Monday 22 March 1937
Type:Hawker Nimrod Mk II
Owner/operator:800 Sqn FAA RAF
Registration: K2913
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near HMS Courgeous, off Bembridge, Isle of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:HMS Courageous, off Isle of Wight
Destination airport:RAF Eastleigh, Hampshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Nimrod Mk.II K2913, 800 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, Coded "108", HMS Courageous: Written off (destroyed) 22/3/37 when crashed into the sea, off Bembridge, Isle of Wight. Pilot - Flying Officer Christopher Blomfield Jelf (Lt, Royal Navy, aged 24) - was killed.

Royal Naval casualty notes (see link #4) state that the pilot died of "illness" (sic) - which implies that he was recovered from the crash scene, but died of injuries sustained later the same day. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (April 1, 1937 page 331 - see link #6):

The Air Ministry regrets to announce that Lt. Christopher Blomfield Jelf, Royal Navy (Flying Officer, Royal Air Force), lost his life as the result of an accident which occurred off Bembridge, Isle of Wight, on March 22, to an aircraft of No. 800 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron, embarked on H.M.S. Courageous. Lt. Jelf was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft."

Starting 22 Mar 1937 800 Sqn were in the process of transferring from HMS Courageous to the shore base of RAF Eastleigh, Hampshire.


1. Royal Air Force aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 19)
7. Air Britain: "The K File - The Royal Air Force in the 1930's"
8. Air Britain: "Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm" (1984)

Revision history:

03-Mar-2018 21:05 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Apr-2018 22:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
09-Apr-2018 22:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
10-Nov-2018 13:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-Jan-2021 20:15 Castleace Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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