Richardson, Harry

Richardson, Harry              1918 September 13th        Unknown

Flying by Night – Accident at a Local Aerodrome

The Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan) held an inquest on Tuesday (adjourned from the previous day) in connection with the death of Harry Richardson, which occurred late on Saturday night as the result of his being knocked down by an aeroplane.

John Thomas Herbert, a Second Air Mechanic in the RAF, said that Richardson was attached to the RAF, was 48 years of age, and his home was in Leeds.

Lieut S C Young stated that on Saturday night he was the pilot of a machine, and had Lieut C E Mott as his observer. At about 11pm he was passing out from the sheds towards the “taking off” flares at a speed of about three miles an hour, with navigation lights on. Some thirty yards from the sheds Richardson suddenly appeared in front of him. Witness shouted to him to get clear, but instead of running to the wing tip he went towards the centre of the machine, which he felt go over the man, who, he thought, was struck by the propeller. On leaving the shed he was given the “all clear” signal, and there should have been no one between him and the flares. Richardson was about ten yards between the machine and the nearest flare when he was struck.

Lieut P M Roberts, RAMC, deposed that he saw the man on the spot, and he died shortly after the accident from fracture of the skull.

The Coroner returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”

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