Accident Airco DH.9A F1646, Monday 12 July 1920
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Date:Monday 12 July 1920
Type:Airco DH.9A
Owner/operator:24 Sqn RAF
Registration: F1646
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Airco DH.9A F1646, 24 Squadron, RAF Kenley: Written off (destroyed) 12/7/20 when spun into the ground off low-level turn at RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey. On hitting the ground, it caught fire and those present dragged the two men away from the flames, but they had unfortunately already been killed in the fall. Both crew killed:

Flying Officer Victor Oliver Reynolds (pilot, aged 28) killed
AC.2 Percy Braithwaite (aged 19) killed

According to the following extract from the biography of the pilot, F/O Reynolds (see link #3):

"Transferred to Royal Flying Corps on the 22nd February 1918. He was accidentally killed while flying on the 12th July 1920 with A.C.2 Percy Braithwaite at Kenley Aerodrome, Croydon. D.H.9a F1646 took off on a test flight. At about 100 feet, the pilot started to turn, but he applied too much rudder control and the machine swung to the right. At 150 feet the pilot throttled the engine back, and aircraft went into a flat spin and fell between two sheds and burst into flames. The inquest held on 14 July 1920 returned a verdict of 'accidental death'"


1. The Aeroplane 21 July 1920
5. Air Britain: "RAF Aircraft J1 - J9999" (1987)

Revision history:

06-May-2018 21:39 Dr. John Smith Added
06-May-2018 21:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Oct-2018 05:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
18-Jan-2021 19:54 Castleace Updated [Source]
10-Jul-2023 20:57 Nepa Updated

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