Airco DH9A E77, RAF Delivery Flight
crashed Hepple Whitefield, Rothbury on 14th October 1920
|Position||Rank/Title||Full Name||Age||Service Number||Injury|
|Pilot||F/O||Derrick Mark Cassidy||Injured|
The aircraft was being ferried from Farnborough to the Naval Station at Donibristle when fog was encountered over Northumberland. F/O Cassidy opted to put the aircraft down but chose to do so over an area of high ground and the aircraft flew into the edge of a wood on high ground forming part of the Hepple Whitefield Estate.
Both F/O Cassidy and his passenger, Mr Fletcher, were only slightly injured, although the aircraft was a complete write off.
The Crash Site
We have yet to search for the crash site but it is believed to have occurred just to the west of Hepple Whitefield.