Fairey Battle K9471 was being utilised for a “Dusk landing” exercise on 25th January 1940.
Its crew comprised:
- RJ Wallace
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “RJ Wallace, a pupil pilot, after a night flying landing in a Battle, released his undercarriage lever in error for the flap lever and collapsed his aircraft on the flare path”
AM Form 1180
The AM Form 1180 shows “Retracted undercarriage after landing. When operating selector lever for flaps also moved undercarriage selector lever. Carelessness. Safety catch OK on examination”