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Vengeance I AN944 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Vengeance I AN944

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  27 Oct 42 Aircraft Name  Vengeance I Serial Number  AN944
Unit  82 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Begumpet Country  India
Aircrew details Fg Offr Edward Loughrey REIS* (400291)
Sgt Charles MARKLEW*(946993)
Details Reis was the fourth in the formation of Six Vengeances heading out to Madras. As the Vengeance gathered speed on the runway it slowly drifted on to the grass side of the runway and got airborne. Now with the drift, the aircraft flew slowly towards an elevated floodlight. Those watching thought that Reis cleared the floodlight, but a puff of white powder emerged as the wing struck the obstruction. The Vengeance flipped over onto its back and crashed straight into the ground . Edward “Ted” Reis was killed instantly. His gunner Marklew was pulled out grievously injured, and passed away a few minutes later. RAFCommands
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