Accident Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 L1567, Friday 11 August 1939
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Date:Friday 11 August 1939
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1
Owner/operator:32 Sqn RAF
Registration: L1567
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:The Grange, Tatsfield, Surrey, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Hurricane I L1567, 32 Squadron, RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent: Written off 11/8/39 when crashed into a field at night at The Grange, Tatsfield, Surrey. Pilot - Pilot Officer Harold Stewart Olding (aged 19) - was killed. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (August 17, 1939 page 161 - see link #3)

P/O Harold Stewart Olding (flying solo) lost his life in an accident which occurred on August 11 at Tatsfield, Surrey, to an aircraft of No. 32 Squadron"

At Biggin Hill from 8/8/39 to 11/8/39, No 32 Squadron took part in the Annual Home Defence Air Exercise, being employed as a night Flying Squadron. During the night of 10-11/8/39 August Flying Officer Arthur Robin Buchanan Wollaston and Pilot Officer Harold Stewart Olding were killed by crashing into hills near Tatsfield in two separate incidents. Flying Officer Olding volunteered for black-out patrol on a night of poor visibility. The Merlin engine of his Hurricane L1567 cut out and he crashed into the hill at Tatsfield. Minutes later Flying Officer Robin Buchanan-Woolaston is ordered to drop a flare by Olding's crash site. He too flies into the side of the hill less than 100 yards from the previous wreck. Both men are killed

Also, a contemporary newspaper report ("Hull Daily Mail" for Friday 11 Aug 1939)

"Two R.A.F. pilots lost their lives in two separate crashes during the blackout at Tatsfield. Surrey, early to-day. They were Flying Officer Arthur Robin Buchanan-Wollaston and Pilot Officer Harold Stewart Olding, both of No 32 Squadron. Each was the pilot and sole occupant of the machine"


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain 1983)

Revision history:

01-Apr-2018 14:05 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Apr-2018 14:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities]
03-Oct-2018 07:13 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-Apr-2022 00:19 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2023 20:12 Nepa Updated [Location, Operator]

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