St. Raphael (aircraft)
|Fokker F.VIIa similar to the St. Raphael|
|Fate||Lost Atlantic Ocean 1927|
The St. Raphael was a Fokker F.VIIa monoplane that was used in 1927 for a transatlantic flight from England to Canada in an attempt to be the first to cross from east to west. With the owner and financial backer Princess Anne of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg as a passenger, the aircraft departed RAF Upavon, Wiltshire, at 7:30 on 31 August 1927 with Frederick F. Minchin and Leslie Hamilton as flight crew. The St. Raphael's last confirmed sighting was west of Ireland, approximately 1200 miles from Upavon at 21:44 by the SS Josiah Macy; after a number of unconfirmed reports the aircraft and occupants were never seen again.
- "Atlantic Flight to the West - British Airmen's Start - A Woman Passenger". News. The Times (44675). London. 1 September 1927. p. 10.
- "The Missing Aeroplane - Labrador Report Unconfirmed". News. The Times (44678). London. 5 September 1927. p. 10.