A “ Sky Devils Air Circus “ took place at Stoke Hill Park Estate, Guildford, Surrey on 28th April 1934 to raise funds for the local Queens Nursing Association. Contemporary reports indicate that aircraft participating included :
Armstrong Whitworth AW 154 Argosy of Imperial Airways / Avro 504 / DH 60 Gipsy Moth / Avro 641 Lynx / Miles Hawk M2D
A local historian claims that some years ago he saw an aerial photograph showing these aircraft displayed at Stoke Park and that other aircraft included a Handley Page HP 42 and / or an Airspeed AS.4 Ferry I would be interested to know if such a photograph exists / is available from AB Archives ( or AB members ) and what were the registrations of the various aircraft attending. It is possible that the historian confuses with other local air displays :
It is known that other air displays took place in the Guildford area on 1933 April 22nd / 23rd National Air Display at Sussex Farm, West Clandon and said to include two airliners and smaller 2 - 3 seater types 1933 April 29th British Hospitals Air Pageant at Harrow Hill Farm, Newlands Corner 1935 April 21st Jubilee Air Day - again at Harrow Hill Farm 1937 June 9th - 11th C.W.A Scotts Flying Display at the northern section of Stoke Park, Guildford
I have a growing database of Flying Circuses and am grateful for the additional details you have provided as to locations. These can generally only be found from local publications etc.
But I am puzzled by the reference to the 1937 event in June 9 to 11. CWA Scott's Flying Display went bust in September 1936 and did not operate in 1937. The only circus I am aware of in 1937 is the Coronation Air Display of Barker/McEwan King - but they were operating in Ireland on the dates in question. So can anyone advise of whether the dates are wrong - or who operated in Guildford in June 1937?
Numerous newspapers across the UK reported an accident that happened at Stoke Hill on 7 June 1937, in connection with an air display to be held the following day to raise funds for the Royal Surrey County Hospital. A landing aircraft hit an 80-year-old man, who died later in hospital.
As far as I can see, none of the reports named the organiser of the display. A report of the inquest is attached.
This accident was to Mikes Hawk G-ACTO. History below: 32 M.2 Hawk; painted in orange and brown c/s. Regd G-ACTO (CofR 5114) 5.34 to The Herts & Essex Aero Club Ltd, Broxbourne. CofA 4313 issued 2.6.34; deld same day. Damaged in collision with windsock Broxbourne 8.9.35; repaired. Sold 4.37 and regd (CofR 7859) 4.5.37 to Humphry R Dimock, t/a Ely Aero Club, Ely (club renamed Cambridge Flying Services later in 1937). Accident on landing during Coronation Air Displays event at Stoke Park, Guildford 7.6.37 when wing struck and fatally injured 80-year old Charles Puttock; pilot Engert Brand & aircraft undamaged. Ely Aero Club incorporated 20.5.38 as Cambridgeshire Flying Services Ltd. Cld 15.2.39 & regd 20.2.39 to Airsales & Service Ltd; operated by Kent Flying Club, Bekesbourne. CofA lapsed 22.8.39. Regn cld 26.6.40 as sold. Impressed as AW152. Delivered 5.7.40 to 46 MU Lossiemouth. To GI airframe 2626M 26.6.41 and allocated to No.1005 (Radcliffe) ATC Squadron, Manchester Wing. SOC by 46 MU 1.8.41. Note: regardless of other published information, this Hawk has no connection with CH-380, which was c/n 34.
So, interestingly, there was a Coronation Air Display at the time - but perhaps not the same as the Barker/McEwan King enterprise.