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Lt P H L Playfair 1913

Giles Smith has sent me an email about Lt Playfair’s BE2a crash in 1913:

I have been researching the former WW1 airfield at Lilbourne for a while now and would comment that, whilst the first paragraph is mainly about the vagaries of the Breguet aircraft, the crash involving Chinnery and Playfair was in a type BE2a aircraft serial no. 227 with 70 hp Renault engine and occurred in mid afternoon of the first day of the 1913 Army Manoeuvres – 22 September 1913 – in fields at Lilbourne across the A5 Watling Street from the temporary aeroplane base at Hillmorton, east of Rugby. Playfair was taken to St Cross Hospital in Rugby and was still there at the end of the week when visited by his colleagues.

There is a picture of the wrecked ‘plane in J.M.Bruce’s book ‘Britain’s First Warplanes and an article with pictures in the Rugby Advertiser of 27th September 1913.

I hope that this will suffice for now as I’m collecting loads of info about the men and aeroplanes involved with photos and the concluding reports of the RFC in 1913 Army Manoeuvres with a view to writing an article.
Giles Smith……Lilbourne



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