Henri Farman 2850 (27/05/1916)

Henri Farman 2850 was being utilised for a training exercise at Thetford Aerodrome on 27th May 1916

Its crew comprised:

  • R Newman (Pilot)
  • DB De Bruyn

The Casualty Card shows “Aircraft banked steeply too near ground at Thetford Aerodrome; at 200ft machine out of control; spinning nosedive”.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

R Newman

R Newman died at the scene.

The Casualty Card shows the following information:

Newman R Incident
[Source: RAF Museum]

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s records show the following burial details:

  • NEWMAN, R, Second Lieutenant, HAMPSTEAD CEMETERY, G. 7. 118.

DB De Bruyn

DB De Bruyn died in hospital the following day.

The Casualty Card shows the following information:

De Bruyn D B Incident
[Source: RAF Museum]

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s records show the following burial details:

  • DE BRUYN, DB, Second Lieutenant, CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, A. 3805.

Henri Farman 2850

The aircraft was struck off charge of the squadron and the RFC on 29th May 1916

No. 35 Squadron’s Operations Record Book

“The Commanding Officer regrets to announce that 2/Lt D Bayly de Bruyn, 3rd Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regt. died in No 1 Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge on 28th May 1916”.

Court of Enquiry

A Court of Enquiry was held on 28th May 1916 to enquire into the circumstances of the accident to Henri Farman No 2850 on 27th May 1916. It found that the machine and engine were in good order and accident in no way due to fault in either of these. Accident due to machine getting into spinning nose dive impossible to say exact cause which started same

Coroner’s Court

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