COLLISION OF TWO AIRSPEED OXFORDS
1 MILE WEST OF THE YOU YANGS, VIC
ON 23 JANUARY 1943

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Airspeed Oxford

 

Airspeed Oxford BM712 collided with Airspeed Oxford X7115 whilst formation flying one mile west of the You Yangs in Victoria at approximately 1420 hours E.A.S.T. on 23 January 1943. Both aircraft were with 1 Service Flying Training School (1 S.F.T.S.)

Aircraft BM712 while in a turn to the left collided with the tail fin of X7115 and went into a spin one mile west of the You Yangs hitting the ground. The crew of three personnel were killed in this tragic accident.

Airspeed Oxford BM712

F/O Clarence James Harold LOFT 3402 (Killed)
LAC Geoffrey Samuel VENN 422769 (Killed)
LAC John Stanley WALKER 418494 (Killed)

Airspeed Oxford X7115

F/L Campbell Normal (normal)X

The probable cause was believed to be an error of judgment by pupil pilot LAC Venn who was piloting Airspeed Oxford BM712.

BM712 was a probable write off and X7112 had a damaged port motor and a crushed fin and rudder.

 

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