Accident Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn A7099, Tuesday 3 April 1917
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Date:Tuesday 3 April 1917
Type:Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn
Owner/operator:5 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: A7099
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RFC Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RFC Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire
Destination airport:RFC Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
3.4.17: Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn A7099, 5 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Castle Bromwich. Written off (destroyed) when lost control in violent squall, near RFC Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire. Pilot - 2nd Lt Walter Pilling (Canadian, aged 26, on attachment from Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps) - was killed. According to the aircraft accident record card for Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn A7099:

"Court of Inquiry 87/7954
Flying accident. Lost control in violent squall. Machine in good order before flight"

Note that, despite some published sources stating that 2nd Lt Pilling was a passenger in Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn A7099, a report in a contemporary newspaper ("Burnley Express" 11 April 1917) confirms that 2nd Lt Pilling was flying solo, quote:

"It was while making a solo flight in the midlands last week that he met his death, which was instantaneous.At the time of the flight, the weather was quite calm, but in a little while a cloud appeared and a single flash of lightning was seen, and a squall arose. The plane was seen to double up and circle down, and come straight to earth from a height of twelve to fifteen hundred feet".


5. Burnley Express (4th, 7th and 11th April 1917):

Revision history:

27-Jan-2019 18:15 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Jan-2019 17:29 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
24-Jul-2023 18:35 Nepa Updated

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