Hawker Hind K5516

On Tuesday October 4 1936 the squadron along with No.57(Bomber) Squadron were dispatched to No.2 Armament Camp at North Coates, Fitties.


Am Form 1180 Accident Card Details


Within two days of the squadron’s arrival tragedy struck when Hawker Hind K.5516 crashed with fatal results. The squadron was participating in a number of dive bombing exercises, on this day Hawker Hind K.5516 was being put through its paces when the upper wing folded while the pilot attempted to recover from a practice dive-bombing simulation at Theddlethorpe bombing range, Lincolnshire. The ensuring crashed killed both the pilot 25-year old Sergeant George Chapman Dodsworth and his observer, Acting Sergeant Walter James Devoil.



Copy of the AM Form 78 Movement Card


 These were the squadron’s first fatalities since the Great War, the loss of both airmen was keenly felt.