Accident Fairey IIIF Mk IV J9798, Monday 12 September 1938
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Date:Monday 12 September 1938
Type:Fairey IIIF Mk IV
Owner/operator:Ramleh CF RAF
Registration: J9798
MSN: F.1198
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mediterranean Sea, off Gaza, Palestine -   Israel
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Aboukir, Alexandria, Egypt
Destination airport:RAF Ramleh, Palestine
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Fairey IIIF J9798, RAF Ramleh Communications Flight: Written off (presumed destroyed) 14/9/38 when went missing off coast out of fuel, between Abukir, Alexandria, Egypt, and Ramleh, Palestine on 12/9/38. Aircraft last reported off the coast of Palestine, west of Gaza. Aircraft presumed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, and both crew presumed to be MIA, later KIA:

Lt Frederick Scarborough killed
Pilot Officer Desmond Edward Bell (pilot) missing, believed killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (September 22, 1938 page 259 - see link #2)


Since the disappearance on September 12 of an aircraft of the Communication Flight, Ramleh, Palestine, it must now be assumed that P/O Desmond Edward Bell and Lt. Frederick Scarborough (late Royal Air Force), lost their lives on that date. P/O Bell was the pilot of the aircraft and Lt. Scarborough the only other occupant."

NOTE: Some published sources (see link #2) have J9798 as being with 47 Squadron, RAF Khartoum, Sudan, and having been converted/updated to Fairey Gordon standard.



Revision history:

15-Mar-2018 21:56 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Nov-2018 17:55 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
05-Nov-2019 22:59 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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