Fairey Battle K.9356


A copy of the report into the death of Pilot Officer Robert Thynne RAF and crew


The funeral procession on the wet morning of Tuesday 14th November 1939. The crew were buried with full Military Honours.

The crew consisted of 20-year-old Pilot Officer Robert Thynne, Observer Sergeant Richard Pike aged 19 and Airgunner Aircraftsman Vivian Richardson also aged 19.

The crash happened at approximately 14.20hr on the Monday  13th while carrying out  dive bombing practice.  The crew had only been aloft just over 10 minutes when tragedy struck. The funeral  the following day was attended by Group Captain Mann, Wing Commander Duggan and the commanding officer of No.88 Squadron. Also present  were officers from No.75 HQ, French Air force  and French Cavalry.  These were the first casualties suffered by the squadron in WW.II


Am Form 1180 Accident Card