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Air Mechanic Henry Carter, aeroplane collision
« on: March 15, 2014, 06:29:39 am »
Aberdeen Journal - Friday 15 May 1914

FARNBOROUGH AIR FATALITY.

INQUEST AT ALDERSHOT.

THE COLLISION DESCRIBED.


The inquest at Aldershot yesterday on the bodies of Captain C. V. Anderson, formerly of the Black Watch, and Air Mechanic Carter, of the Royal Flying Corps, who were killed in a collision between Army aeroplanes of the Sopwith type on Tuesday, resulted in a verdict of accidental death. Lieut. E.W. Wilson, who was in one of the colliding machines and had Carter as a passenger, was not present on account of his severe injuries.

CAREFUL PILOTS.

Major Higgins, commanding No. 5 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, said that both Captain Anderson and Lieutenant Wilson were in his squadron. Anderson was a very good pilot, as also was Lieutenant Wilson, both being very careful. The aeroplanes were of the ordinary Sopwith type. It was Anderson's first flight on one, although he had flown that type of mahine for some time. He was flying it perfectly. Both machines were brand new, but had been thoroughly tried and tested. Witness had had flown both, and was satisfied they were in perfect order. He saw Lieutenant Wilson start off about 4 o'clock for Brooklands, and at 5 o'clock he saw Captain Anderson go up, giving him a few directions as to the handling of the machine. Witness saw Wilson returning about 2000 feet up. Anderson, at the time, was much lower, coming from the opposite direction.

SPINNING IN THE AIR.

He did not follow their flights, but on hearing an exclamation, turned round, and saw one of the machines spinning round in the air with an apparently broken wing, while the other was dropping to the ground vertically. He ran to the golf links, and found both machines wrecked. Carter and Anderson wore both dead. Wilson was apparently not badly injured. He was lying down and talking. There were very careful rules to avoid the danger of a collision. No aeroplane was allowed to fly within fifty metres of another on either side or above or below. That was an international rule. It was quite conceivable for a pilot to miss seeing a machine a good deal lower than himself against certain backgrounds, and this idea was that that was what had happened in this case.

Sergeant Edward Mallett, describing the collision, said that Lieutenant Wilson was gliding down, and Captain Anderson was coming up the straight from the other direction. Suddenly the bottom left wing of Lieutenant Wilson's machine seemed to catch Captain Anderson's upper right wing, and the machines broke apart and fell.

(Buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery)
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Re: Air Mechanic Henry Carter, aeroplane collision
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 21:00:24 pm »
John--Note name on grave?

Henry Wilfred Carter

1911 census. Henry Wilfred Carter was a Driver with Air Battalion, Royal Engineers.
At Tournay Barracks, Marlborough Lines Church, East Square, Marlborough Lines, Aldershot

Born 1889 Gosport

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Re: Air Mechanic Henry Carter, aeroplane collision
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 21:15:15 pm »
Thank you, I've corrected things.
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Re: Air Mechanic Henry Carter, aeroplane collision
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2022, 06:20:18 am »
Information on the incident itself can be seen can be found in pomme homme's topic:

Sopwith Tractor Biplanes (324 & 325) fatal mid-air collision, Aldershot, 12.5.14
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