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'Unaccounted' airman 15-11-1939

'Unaccounted' airman 15-11-1939
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:20:31 Friday, August 24, 2007
Post:
What caused the death of P/O Harold W.C. SKINNER - 70837, his name commemorated on Panel 3 of the Reading Crematorium Eye and Dunsden, Oxfordshire.

Can't find his names in The Times archives.

If KIFA a possible aircraft could have been:

Anson I - 12 FTS - N4982 - crashed on approach at night, Spitalgate, Lincs.

Regards and thanks for your help.

Henk.


RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 15-11-1939
Author: Amrit
Time Stamp:
14:32:26 Friday, August 24, 2007
Post:
[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON 24-Aug-07 AT 02:32 PM (GMT)[/font][p]Skinner was a test pilot. There is a long article on him and his death at Flight magazine (he died suddenly in his bath of a cerebral haemorrhage):

http://www.flightglobal.com/PDFArchive/View/1939/1939-1-%20-%201311.html

http://www.flightglobal.com/PDFArchive/View/1939/1939-1-%20-%201323.html

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RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 15-11-1939
Author: Resmoroh
Time Stamp:
15:07:27 Friday, August 24, 2007
Post:
Henk/Amrit,

The full story of the Miles Aircraft Co at Woodley - and it's demise at the hands of the politicians and financiers can be found in "Wings Over Woodley" by Julian C Temple (1987, Aston Publications Ltd, ISBN 0946627126). It charts the history of the firm (including making bits of Spitfires in local garages, and assembling them and subsequent test-flying from a field near Henley) until it's demise with the loss of a lot of valuable data. The cancellation of the Miles M51(?) project was the forerunner of the TSR2 debacle. Well worth a read.

HTH

Peter Davies



RE: 'Unaccounted' airman 15-11-1939
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:38:26 Friday, August 24, 2007
Post:
Thanks Amrit and Peter. The reason I couldn't find his name in The Times probably was because it was 'Mister' Skinner, although the CWGC still has him on their files as a P/O.

Good weekend,

Henk.