Hawker Audax K-4396

Hawker Audax K-4396, 6 FTS, RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire: Written off (destroyed) 13/3/39 when crashed into the English Channel, off Chesil Beach, Dorset, when failed to pull out of a dive and hit the top of the beach before crashing into the sea 20 yards beyond the low tide mark. Pilot – Acting Pilot Officer Adam Eastman de Pencier (aged 25) – killed. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in “Flight” magazine (March 23, 1939 page 294 – see link #3)

P/O Adam Eastman de Pencier (flying solo) lost his life in an accident which occurred at Chesil Beach, Dorset, on March 13, to an aircraft of No. 6 Flying Training School, Little Rissington, Gloucestershire”

He is buried in the Warmwell (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Make: Hawker

Model: Audax

Serial No: K-4396

Pilot: P/O Adam Eastman de Pencier

Date of Loss: 13th March 1939

Reason of Loss: Crashed

Rough Location: Fleet Chesil beach