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Hurricane IIB BD881 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Hurricane IIB BD881

crashed near Bakori after hitting a mound during a low flying exercise.RAFCommands ,3 RFU lost 1944-11-15 More information in: Databases

Block 6, Hawker Aircraft Ltd., RR Merlin XX. 24 July 1941 to 18 Mar 1942 More information in: Dr. Colin James Pratt-Hooson's Hurricane Site

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  15 Nov 44 Aircraft Name  Hurricane IIC Serial Number  BD881
Unit  3 RFU Operating Airfield  Poona Country  India
Aircrew details Sgt John Edwin Albert KINSMAN* (1604808)
Details crashed near Bakori after hitting a mound during a low flying exercise.RAFCommands. Evidence shows it was due to unauthorised low flying. The CI gave instructions for the crash to be photographed for propaganda purposes.

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441115 - Unaccounted Airmen - 15-11-1944Hi EGYPT WAINWRIGHT, Frederick William - Cpl - RAF Ballah. CANADA AMBLER, Jack - P/O - Anson V - 11659 - 2 ANS ]. HAWKES, Albert William - P/O - Anson V - 11659 - 2 ANS ]. INDIA BUTTERWORTH, John Campbell - F/L - 3 CMU. KINSMAN, John Edwin Albert - Sgt(Pilot) - probably killed whilst flying in Hurricane IIB, BD881 of No 3 RFU, which crashed near Bakori after hitting a mound during a low flying exercise. UK HARRIS, William George - Cpl - registered in Uxbridge. HENNAH, Harold Spotswoode - Sqdn/Ldr - registered in Brighton. ACKCRAL, Alfred Edwin - Sgt (Flt/Engr) - Halifax II - JP201 - 1666 HCU ]. SAUNDERS, Bertram Eric - Sgt (Air Bomber) - Halifax II - JP201 - 1666 HCU ]. SHERWIN, John Edward Loos - Sgt (Nav) - Halifax II - JP201 - 1666 HCU ]. SILK, Norman Bennison - Sqdn/Ldr - RAF Hartlebury but possibly died in RAF Hospital, Cosford, registered in Wenlock. STRAITON, Peter - Sgt (A/G) -Halifax II - JP201 - 1666 HCU ]. Malcolm ....Read More.malcolm_raf on 6th September 2014 03:23:36
Night Action - No 1 Squadron - Hurricane - PaintingDear Sir/Madam, I am interested in aviation scenes and have purchased a painting from an antique shop of a night flying scene in which a hurricane has shot down a bomber. I want to complete as much of the historical background for the painting as possible and if possible name the pilot and the action. The Artist is E E? Maynard and the painting is 1942. I have a question mark next to the middle initial because it is not entirely clear to me. The plane looks like it has conducted a beam attack on the bomber because it is on fire just behind the right wing. To find the squadron was easy because in big letters on the side of the Hurricane is JX G. It is number one squadron based at Tangmere which is not far from where I live. I read from wiki that the squadron returned "to 11 Group in early 1941 and was employed in fighter sweeps and bomber escort duties. In February, it began "Rhubarb" (low-level sweeps over occupied territory) and night flying missions, and was re-equipped with the Hurricane IIA. In this period its pilots included Karel Kuttelwascher DFC, who was the RAF's highest-scoring night intruder pilot and highest-scoring Free Czechoslovak pilot." I read about Karel Kuttlewasher on wiki. The plane is not his because the serial number is BD981 or it could be BD881. So, now I know quite a lot. "The Squadron was then operating the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc, painted black for night flying. Each aircraft was equipped with two 45-gallon under-wing auxiliary tanks[4] that extended its airborne time to three to 3 flying hours and gave a range of about 900 miles (1,400 km). Armament was two Hispano-Suiza 20mm cannon on each wing, but with only 91 rounds of ammunition. This was enough for only about nine seconds' firing time." And, "No. 1 Squadron was relocated to RAF Tangmere in West Sussex and assigned a new role: night intruder sorties over France. These were missions by single aircraft to shoot down German bombers over their own airfields. Their Hurricanes lacked radar so the sorties were made only with a full moon. They were dangerous missions, demanding both navigation and flying skills, excellent vision and great courage." When I use your serial number lookup for either serial number I get BD Series 1 - Hurricane IIB. I think that it may be possible to name the pilot then find the logbook describing the action it would have taken place between December and July 1942. I also would like to learn whether there is an RAF personal named E Maynard who was present in 1942. The reason for this post is that I don't know how to find out the name of the pilot via a list of personal. Please can someone advise. Best regards, Richard. ....Read More.lepthyphantes on 26th November 2017 05:25:10

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