9 December – Cadbury crashes

Today Flight Sublieutenant Egbert Cadbury crashed his Sopwith Schneider (3723).

He was taking off for a routine anti-airship patrol of the North Sea from Great Yarmouth. Cadbury was one of the pilots based on the HMS Kingfisher, a trawler converted to carry a seaplane.

The plane crashed on take-off and was completely wrecked. Miraculously Cadbury was unhurt and the plane was recovered by Kingfisher.

Egbert Cadbury is the son of George Cadbury (owner of Cadbury’s Chocolate) and Dame Elizabeth Cadbury. He was educated at Leighton Park School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined the Royal Navy on the outbreak of war but in May 1915 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the RNAS.

A photo of Cadbury is available here.

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