• Short Summary

    An RAF biplane makes a forced landing in Hyde Park after flying low over Buckingham Palace.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "London. 'A Near Thing' R.A.F. plane skims Buckingham Palace roof to make forced landing in Hyde Park."

    London.

    Various shots of an RAF (Royal Air Force) biplane landed in Hyde Park. Crowds of people have gathered round to inspect the aircraft. The pilot, F G L Smith, and other RAF personnel stand around the plane. Parts of the plane are checked over by mechanics.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    741.09
    Media URN:
    6810
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1933
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:15:00 / 01:12:11:00
    Canister:
    33/100

Comments (1)

  1. Steve_Brew says

    The pilot of the aircraft was Flying Officer Frank George Laughton SMITH (3 Aug 09-9 Nov 74) who was on 41 Sqn 26 Sep 1931-28 Mar 1934. The reason for his unplanned landing of Bulldog II, K2189, in Hyde Park on 11 Dec 1933 was engine failure in poor weather.

    Smith was on 42 Sqn in June 1940, when he made an attack on the German battleship Scharnhorst, for which he was awarded a DFC the following month. Smith was shot down during an attack on shipping in Sogne Fjord, Norway, on 26 Oct 1940, and spent the rest of the war in captivity. He returned to service after his repatriation and retired as a Wing Commander in Aug 1956.

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