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Date of Crash 28 Feb 44 Aircraft Name Hurricane Serial Number 808
Unit 2 Sqdn IAF Operating Airfield Kohat Country
Aircrew details Plt Offr Dewan Balwant Rai
Details Two ac mission to Shaktu. Hit by bullet in coolant. BL 5m NE of Damdil picket. Jettisoned all bombs and incideries. Ac protected by pickets for and later salvaged .
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AIR81/1219Flying Officer P A N Cox: missing believed dead; Hurricane P3808 failed to return from air operations, 27 July 1940.C14502693
AIR81/3606Pilot Officer A Fowler, Sergeant C F Fenn, Sergeant J Rourke: injured; aerial combat, Blenheim T1808, 248 Squadron, 3 October 1940.C16687704
AIR81/5458Flying Officer B G Mace, Sergeant W Loxton, Sergeant B C Gilmore, Pilot Officer J R Cresswell, Sergeant J Wrightson, Sergeant F Berry: killed, mid air collision near Kings Lynn between Blenheim V5464 and Blenheim Z5808, 86 Squadron, 17 March 1941. Note: Related files: 4952, 4956C16689556
AIR81/8585Flying Officer H C Winter-Taylor, Flying Officer J Grocott, Sergeant R J Skuse, Sergeant P Miller, Sergeant J H Kennedy, Sergeant J S Martin: prisoners of war; aircraft ditched at sea west of Rona, North Atlantic, Whitley Z6808, 612 Squadron, 26 August 1941. With photograph.C16924427
AIR81/8635Sergeant R L Bradshaw: injured; Pilot Officer G E Pinney, Sergeant C Ganly, Pilot Officer J F C Gallaher, Sergeant G F Keen: uninjured; aircraft crashed due to engine failure near RAF Swanton Morley, Whitley Z6808, 51 Squadron, 7 August 1941.C16924477


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Halifax hit by "friendly" bombsThis was the subject of a recent thread which I have been unable to locate. This is additional information on the subject, gathered from a review last week of Flying Officer L.E.J Murphy's service file. Murphy was awarded a DFC for services in No.427 Squadron (London Gazette, 6 October 1944, AFRO 2534/44, 24 November 1944), the following citation being published: "Flying Officer Murphy has completed very many sorties as captain of aircraft. In August 1944 he piloted an aircraft of a bomber force detailed to attack Foret de Nieppe. Whilst over the target area the aircraft sustained severe damage. Despite this he flew the aircraft safely to base. He displayed the highest standard of airmanship, coolness and determination in a most difficult situation. This officer has completed many sorties." A more complete record of the "severe damage" sustained comes from a report on file. The following is in part my digest of the document, in part direct quotation: Involved in accident, 3 August 1944, 2005 hours during operational mission (day bombing) over target (Foret de Nieppe, near Hazbrouck, France). Aircraft was Halifax LW163. Crew consisted of F/O L.E.J. Murphy (captain, whose flying times were recorded as 232 solo hours on Halifax aircraft and 445 hours 25 minutes on all types; of these, 190 solo hours by night on Halifax, 189 hours 55 minutes night solo on other types); R110424 Warrant Officer J.S. Niven (navigator), J28082 F/O K.K. Young (bomb aimer), 179228 P/O J. Cheese (WOP/AG), R187956 Flight Sergeant B.E. White (mid-upper gunner), R195822 Flight Sergeant G.K. Bygrove (rear gunner) and 1836521 Sergeant S.R.A. Burn (flight engineer). No injuries. Aircraft damaged Category "B" ("for repair at contractors or RAF Depot). His narrative read as follows: "Aircraft was hit by three bombs from a friendly aircraft just as bombs were released. R/T aerial was taken away. Holes in port mainplane outboard of Port Outer engine and in outer section of port flap. Third bomb passed through fuselage above entrabce hatch and passed through floor. "Difficulty was experienced in holding port wing up level flight and on landing. Ailerons were jammed and aircraft had a tendency to turn starboard in a skidding turn. Height and airspeed were easily maintained." The assessment of the incident blamed it on "gross carelessness of Bomb Aimer" in unidentified aircraft that had been above. Air Commodore J.G. Bryans (Officer Commanding, No.61 Base) noted, "Development of tactics is at present under way to permit heavy concentration over target combined with safety from falling bombs." ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 8th August 2008 07:04:33
F/SGT A. FRANCIS D.F.M RAF Died 20/6/1942Hi, 903808 F/Sgt (Pilot)Alexander FRANCIS D.F.M RAFVR Died 20/6/1942 DFM LG 21/11/1941 51 Sqdn Buried Manor Park, East Ham London. I believe he died in motorcycle accident, maybe in Scotland while serving at an OTU ? Any help much appreciated Mark ....Read More.Marks on 14th August 2008 05:15:33
Posting to 21 SquadronHi Alex I have just checked 21 Squadrons ORB and the first mention of him is on the 17th November 1939 when he went on a reconn of WILHELMSHAFEN in Blenheim L8741. The crew being S/Ldr G.A.M. Pryde, 563808 Sgt A Summers and 547157 Lac F Searle. There is a list of Officers who were with the squadron on the 3rd September 1939, he is NOT recorded on that list. The 'A' Flight commander was F/Lt R.D.C. Gibson and the 'B' Flight commander was S/Ldr G.E. Macdonald. He had recorded 23 missions with the squadron by the time his last recorded mission with 21 Sqn took place, which was on the 6th June 1940. He obviously returned to the UK after this date as he was killed on the 19th June 1940 while a part of the infamous "Blenheim Delivery Flight" from the UK to the Middle East. Hope this helps you. Pel Temple He received a DFC in the middle of August 1940 while supposedly with 21 Sqn. ....Read More.P.H.Temple on 20th August 2008 11:34:40
Casualties 27-3-1941Can someone please look up the death registration locations of the following 2 Pilots P/O Colin LOGAN - 44178 - 222 Sqn Sgt Walter WILSON - 748084 - 222 Sqn. I expect that they are both in Norfolk, but 1 may be in Bristol The issue is that: Air Britain Serials: P8028: 222 - collided with Spitfire P7908 during practice dogfight and crashed, Easton, Norfolk. Pilot P/O LOGAN killed P7908: 145/485/401/154/58 OTU/2 TEU/13 Grp CF - SOC 25-5-1945. I also have P8028 pres. collided with P7857 of 222 Sqn but also reported as 2 FPP, Engine failure, Force-landed hit building Willsbridge near Bristol. Pilot Sgt WILSON killed P7857: 2FPP engine failed hit house force-landed Willsbridge nearr Bristol 8-3-42 SOC 7-4-42 If anyone could give me the correct 2 Spitfires in the collison - Great! Many Thanks ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 21st August 2008 12:35:18
410409 - Unaccounted airmen - 9-4-1941Hard to believe but no match in Flight Global archives for the next NINETEEN airmen !! What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for: AC2 (Wop/Ag u/t) George W. BECKETT - 1165277; AC2 John T. BENNETT - 1191465; AC1 Arthur W. BLAKE - 1182920 - 6 BC, 916 (Balloon) Sqn, Coventry; AC2 Irvine D. BOWLES - 701578; F/Sgt Edwin C.W. BROAD - 353669; W/O Robert GOWLAND - 345161; AC1 Joseph S. HEMLEY - 1104776; LAC Herbert A.J.E.R. HILL - 743644; Sgt William NEWELL - 313188; AC1 Edward M.J. O'DONOVAN - 1187116; AC1 Arthur L. PRICE - 1198183 - 6 BC, 916 (Balloon) Sqn, Coventry; AC1 Leonard J. REYNOLDS - 1156665; AC1 Cyril T. ROBINSON - 961718 - 6 BC, 916 (Balloon) Sqn, Coventry; Sgt Thomas R. SAVIN - 542315; AC2 John SHAW - 1053902 - 6 BC, 916 (Balloon) Sqn, Coventry; P/O Alfred G. SLADE - 851462 - 6 BC, 916 (Balloon) Sqn, Coventry; LAC Leswlie H. SMITH - 1110716; LAC Alfred E. WEBB - 39552, and LAC Joseph WOOLGAR - 799787. Proposed aircraft losses for this day: Blenheim I - L1357 - 2 SAC - crashed in forced landing Kimpton, Hants. Magister I - L8085 - 5 EFTS - spun into ground Wood Farm, Leigh, Shropshire. Oxford II - T1333 - 2 FTS - crashed on overshoot at night, Akeman Street. Regards and thanks for your help. Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 27th August 2008 10:28:55
410409 - Unaccounted airmen - 9-4-1941Hi Henk, Smith was on Magister L8085. I puzzled over this one for a while as i thought he was one of my Shropshire casualties, but Air Britain has "Shropshire" wrong (I checked the accident cards a while back). I think the crash site should be in the Lower Leigh, Upper Leigh or Church Leigh area (just south of Cheadle in Staffordshire). This ties in with the unit as i have a feeling it was based at Mere which is not far away. Hope that helps, Tom ....Read More.thorne83 on 27th August 2008 05:54:56


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