Accident Hawker Fury Mk I K8221, Saturday 2 January 1937
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Date:Saturday 2 January 1937
Type:Silhouette image of generic hafu model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Fury Mk I
Owner/operator:9 FTS RAF
Registration: K8221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Shunner Howe, Glaisdale Head, North Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Fury Mk.I K8221 was built to contract 419059/35 by General Aircraft Ltd at Hanworth. It was issued directly to 9 FTS at Thornaby on 24th July 1936.

Fury K8221 was being flown on a training flight from RAF Thornaby on 2nd January 1937 when it encountered a very thick layer of fog which had covered much of the North Yorkshire Moors and the surrounding area. The aircraft crashed on high ground whilst descending through a layer of cloud

A press report has been found in the Whitby Gazette and confirms that the aircraft crashed near Shunner Howe on 2nd January 1937. It states that the Thornaby-based pilot was undertaking an altitude test and had flying at 1,000 feet when the aircraft entered a bank of cloud, the pilot descended through a layer of cloud but was met with a hillside in front of him so to avoid crashing he force-landed on moorland and the aircraft was badly damaged. The weather on 2nd January 1937 was horrendous, at least five other aircraft force landed in the North Yorkshire Moors area on this day due to the thick fog.
Pilot - Acting P/O Bonar Roy Whaley (37919) RAF Slightly injured.


1. Air-Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s

Revision history:

10-Oct-2009 13:54 JINX Added
10-Oct-2013 08:32 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2014 18:47 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
03-Mar-2018 19:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2018 19:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 19:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
19-Oct-2020 19:01 Anon. Updated [Source]
19-May-2024 09:58 Nepa Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]

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