Accident Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn A949, Monday 23 October 1916
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Date:Monday 23 October 1916
Type:Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn
Owner/operator:CFS RFC
Registration: A949
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Parkhouse, Amesbury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RFC Upavon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
23.10.16: Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn A949, CFS, RFC Upavon. Written off (destroyed) when dived too steeply to flatten out, near Parkhouse, Amesbury, Wiltshire. Pilot - 2nd Lt Harold Ernest Whiteman (Australian, aged 21, an attachment from the Hampshire Regiment) - was killed. He had been flying with an instructor for 5 hours and commenced a solo flight when he nose dived to the ground, his instructor felt he may have fainted. According to the aircraft record card form Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn A949:

"Court of Inquiry 87/8855
Flying accident, Dived too steeply to flatten out. Flying error. Accident due to error of judgement on he part of the pilot".

At the inquest into the death of 2nd Lt Whiteman, Captain Collins said it was his first solo trip. He had successfully come through his dual flying tests, and was quite a capable pilot. The aircraft vol-planed from a great height to within 150 feet of the ground , when it turned and nose-dived to earth.

Although 2nd Lt Whiteman's death occurred in Wiltshire, his cousin from Bexhill arranged for him to be buried there and he was given full military honours (Camp Chronicle Midland 25.1.1917). He was buried at Bexhill Cemetery, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex. UK Plot E, Row F, Grave P2. He has a private headstone rather than a CWGC headstone. It is very informative, giving unit and circumstance of death.



Revision history:

02-Jan-2019 03:16 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Jan-2019 09:09 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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