Accident Gloster Gladiator Mk I K6150, Monday 24 January 1938
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Date:Monday 24 January 1938
Type:Gloster Gladiator Mk I
Owner/operator:3 Sqn RAF
Registration: K6150
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:71 Lyndhurst Road, Hove, Sussex, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Kenley, Surrey
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
19/03/37: Delivered From Manufacturer to 3 Squadron RAF.
24/01/38: Abandoned in spin and crashed in front garden, 71 Lyndhurst Road, Hove, Sussex. Pilot - Sergeant (Pilot) Ernest H. Lomax, RAF 512633, 3 Squadron - bailed out and landed in Beaconsfield Road, Brighton. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("The Sphere" - Saturday 5 February 1938):

"NO ONE WAS HURT when this plane crashed into the front garden of a house in Hove, but it was a big surprise for the inhabitants of Lyndhurst Road. The pilot, Sergeant Ernest Lomax, R.A.F., landed safely by parachute in Beaconsfield Road and, after treatment for shock, returned to his duties".

Lomax was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital with minor injuries, slight abrasions to the knees and elbows but was not detained In hospital. He Abandoned the Gladiator when he could not recover from a spin at 4,000 feet while in a formation of 4 aircraft
26/02/38: Struck Off Charge (130.20 hrs).


1. Air Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1995)
2. The Sphere - Saturday 5 February 1938
3. Brighton Evening Argus 24 January 1938
11. Crash location in 2018:,-0.1593254,3a,90y,182.91h,78.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1zQ3A1PdhTUhE4QPPrmgXA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 .


Revision history:

12-Oct-2009 23:33 JINX Added
09-Mar-2018 21:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Mar-2018 17:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Mar-2018 17:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Oct-2018 19:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Operator]
18-Feb-2020 16:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Jul-2020 20:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2020 08:54 T.T.Taylor Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Jun-2023 09:14 Nepa Updated

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