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 Vengeance I AN991



Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  02 Jan 44 Aircraft Name  Vengeance I Serial Number  AN991
Unit  110 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Kumbhirgram Country  India
Aircrew details Sgt Peter James CHARMAN*(1381658)
Plt Offr Thomas Joseph SKELTON(160868)
Details Engine cut, dived into ground 45m SW of Palel. Crashed 1032 Hours. [ https://www.pprune.org/military-aviation/329990-gaining-r-f-pilots-brevet-ww-ii-431.html#post9392173 ] Reg Duncan told me that on Jan. 2, 1944 Sgt P.J. Charman's Vengeance had engine trouble. He ordered P/O Skelton to bail out, then went down with the plane. [ORB}: Six aircraft were airborne at 1002, 5 ac attacking target area.. on the outward journey 1 aircraft C AN991 was seen to fall back with black smoke coming from the exhaust ports. The aircraft was then seen to jettison its bomb load - 4 x 250 at approx position RP0555 and go down. It was not seen to crash. 5 ac landed back bto base bringing 1 x 250 bomb (hang up). later reports indicated crew baled out. This was confirmed to be gunner who was reported safe at MIlitary police post no. 19 he was Plt Offr T J SKELTON (WOP/AG). 3/1 News was received from war room 221 Goup that the wrecked aircraft was fond 300 yards west of road Milestone 74. Sgt Pilot killed . Gunner de-brief - the pilot told his gunner to bale out but as the aircrat was flying evenly at a hight of 900 feet, PO Skelton did not go immediately. He turned on his IFF which was picked up by Group Filter oom. The aircraft being plotted from that moment to the position it had crashed. Approx one minute later the pilot again told the gunner to bale out. His voice seemed a bit excied whereupon SKELTON left the aircraft. As he descended slowly to earth in friendly territory, he watched the aircraft losing height. and in hsi opinon Sgt P J CHARMAN was attmempting to put his aircraft down on what appeared to be a clearing of paddy. Skelton landed safely and did not see or hear the aircraft crash. After 4 hours of walking and waiting, the WoPAG contacted a team led by a British red cap corporal. [F541] Target Concentrations on KALEMYO - Fort WHITE Road between MS10 and 11
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