Fennelly, James Findlay, Ronald

Fennelly, James, and Findlay, Ronald        1917 December 28th            Lake

Aeroplanes in Collision

As a result of a collision in mid-air between two aeroplanes at Lake Down Camp, the death of the pilots formed the subject of an inquest held by the Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan) on Boxing Day at Fargo Military Hospital. The victims were two second lieutenants of the General List attached to the Royal Flying Corps, James Phelps Fennelly and Ronald James Findlay.

Second-Leuitenant Underwood, attached to the Royal Flying Corps, said he heard a crash about 4.25 and saw that the machines had collided. One came down in a spinning nose dive and the wings folded back, and the other glided a second or two and then nose dived.

William Matthew Grasse, a game-keeper, of Woodford, who also witnessed the accident, said he went to the spot at once and when he got there one of the machines was on fire.

After Capt Badger had given medical evidence the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


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