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P04362.003

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number P04362.003
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Photographer Unknown
Place made United Kingdom: England, Gloucestershire, Minchinhampton
Date made c August 1918

Description

The severely crumpled instrument panel and cockpit of the Avro 504K aircraft, serial no. 9282, in which Flying Instructor Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Roy Lytton Cummings and his pupil, Lieutenant (Lt) Charles William Scott, both of No 5 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), were killed following a flying accident at Minchinhampton aerodrome on 28 August 1918. At 7.25 am on the morning of 28 August, 2nd Lt Cummings and his pupil, Lt Scott, were flying above the aerodrome when a pupil from another squadron flying by himself (Corporal Cadet Ernest Jefferys of No 6 (Training) Squadron, AFC, who had been ordered to practise turns), collided with their aircraft at a height of 1,500 feet. Both machines crashed to earth, killing all three occupants instantly. Following an inquest into the incident, a verdict of accidental death was reached in the cases of all three AFC officers.