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Pilot losses

Pilot losses
Author: Alex Crawford (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:15:25 Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Post:
Hi Guys,

Can anyone supply the names of the pilots who were lost in the following accidents? They all involve Galdiators.

23/7/37 72 Sqn K6133 flew into ground, Barmby, Yorks.

29/6/38 72 Sqn K6139 collided with K6138, South of Selby.

17/1/39 3 Sqn K6151 flew into house, Crowborough, Surrey.

14/1/39 80 Sqn K7900 collided with K7915 2 mile Easr of Amriya, Egypt. Both Pilots killed.

26/1/39 54 Sqn K7930 flew into ground during snowstorm, Baldock, Herts.

7/2/38 72 Sqn K7934 hit high tension cables and crashed 4 mile from Brough.

Many thanks.

Alex



RE: Pilot losses
Author: Jim Corbett (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:48:53 Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Post:
Hi Alex,

Here are details on two of them for you:

29.06.38 Gloster Gladiator I K6139 72 Sqn Church Fenton

F/O W F Pharazyn pilot (K)

Aircraft was involved in a mid air collision with Gladiator K6138 and then crashed near a railway line 2 miles south of Selby, North Yorkshire.

07.02.38 Gloster Gladiator I K7934 72 Sqn Church Fenton

P/O Alfred Alexander Devaney pilot (K)

Aircraft hit HT cables and crashed 4 miles north of Brough.

I have record that the pilot of K6133 was killed but no name for him.

Jim



RE: Pilot losses
Author: Jim Corbett (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:51:54 Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Post:
Hi again Alex,

Try www.acia.co.uk for any others that you have record of crashing in Northern England and Scotland.

Jim


RE: Pilot losses
Author: Alex Crawford (Guest)
Time Stamp:
01:31:58 Thursday, November 18, 2004
Post:
Hi Jim,

Thanks. I'll keep checking your site on a regular basis. It has had some additions since my last visit.

Alex



RE: Pilot losses
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
Time Stamp:
01:59:39 Thursday, November 18, 2004
Post:
Alex,

From p125 of 'Flight' for 29 Jul 37:

"P/O. Philip Hughes Crompton lost his life in an accident which occurred near Barnsley, Yorks, on July 23, to an aircraft of NO.72 (Fighter) Squadron, Church Fenton, near Tadcaster, Yorks. P/O. Crompton was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft."

The following is an excerpt from Volume One (Fates: 1915-1942) of my trilogy ‘For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915’:

"Wed 29 Jun 1938

Fighter Command

Fighter attack practice formation

72 Squadron, RAF (Church Fenton, Yorkshire - 12 Group)

Gloster Gladiator I K6139 - collided at 0900 with another of the Squadron’s Gladiators (K6138) in rough air conditions over Brayton, near Selby. The latter, flown by Plt Off R J Walker, although damaged, made a successful emergency landing. Rather than bale out, the formation leader evidently tried to regain control of K6139 and make a forced landing, but crashed and was killed.

Pilot: Flt Lt William Forster PHARAZYN, RAF - Age 35. 703hrs.

Eight days later Pharazyn’s widow, Stella Margaret, gave birth to a daughter. His brother, Peter Walter Johnston Pharazyn, died on 27 July 1932 while flying with 501 Sqn, RAF."

From p87 of 'Flight' for 26 Jan 39:

"A.P/O. Donald James Catt (flying solo) and a civilian, Miss Ella Coomber, lost their lives when an aircraft of No.3 (Fighter) Squadron, Kenley, Surrey, struck a private house at Crowborough, Sussex, on January 17. Mrs. H. Smyley was injured."

14/1/39 - not found. Aaargghhh...you mean 14/11/39, don't you Alex! According to a list in Chris Shores' 'Strike True - the story of No.80 Squadron Royal Air Force' pub by Air-Britain in 1986 those who died were P/O K. G. Lamb and Sgt G. A. Brett (leave you to check the CWGC register for further details on them).

From p140 of 'Flight' for 9 Feb 39:

"P/O. Theodore Ralph Tate Carr-Ellison died in Letchworth Hospital, Herts, on January 30, as the result of injuries received in an accident of No.54 (Fighter) Squadron, Hornchurch, Essex. He was flying solo."

From p141 of 'Flight' for 10 Feb 38:

"P/O Alfred Alexander Devany lost his life in an accident which occurred near Brough, Yorkshire, on February 7, to an aircraft of No.72 (Fighter) Squadron, Church Fenton, near Tadcaster, Yorkshire. P/O Devany was sole occupant of the aircraft."

Errol



RE: Pilot losses
Author: Alex Crawford (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:09:13 Thursday, November 18, 2004
Post:
Hi Errol,

Many thanks for the info on the pilots. Yes the 80 Sqn date was a typo, it should be the 11th.

I feel a bit guilty at times asking for all this info. I don't usually have much to contribute to the forum as my knowledge is pretty much focused on a small area.

Alex