Accident Airco DH.2 A4994, Tuesday 27 February 1917
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Date:Tuesday 27 February 1917
Type:Silhouette image of generic dh4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airco DH.2
Owner/operator:CFS RFC
Registration: A4994
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RFC Upavon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RFC Upavon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RFC Upavon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
27.2.17: Airco (DeHavilland) D.H.2 A4994, D Squadron, Central Flying School, Royal Flying Corps, Upavon. Written off (destroyed) when lost control in sharp turn, near RFC Upavon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. Pilot - 2nd Lt Harold Tom White (aged 21, attached from the Royal Engineers) - was killed

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (March 8 1917 pages 234 & 240 - see link #4):

"Fatal Accidents
2nd Lieut. H. T. White was flying at a height of about 800 ft. when he was seen to make a spiral descent to about 400 ft. After going straight for a short distance he turned sharply to the left, and the machine made a spinning nose-dive to earth. The pilot was killed instantaneously.

Second Lieutenant HAROLD TOM WHITE, R.E., attached R.F.C. (accidentally killed while flying in England on February 27th), was the only son of Engineer Captain White, R.I.M., and of Mrs. White, of Lovedale, India. He joined the Hampshire Fortress Engineers in October, 1914, and received a commission in the same unit in March, 1915, and was attached to the Royal Flying Corps in August, 1916."


4. Flight Magazine (March 8 1917 page 234):

Revision history:

19-Jan-2019 17:13 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Jan-2019 17:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase]
20-Jan-2019 01:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Jan-2019 09:13 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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