AC1 HOCKNULL confirmed on Lysander TT.III V9793 together with st.szer.pil. Witold BLUCZYNSKI - PAF 782721. (KU CZCI Poleglych Lotnikow 1939-1945 - page 218).
John B. LISLE - RCAF R/67604: From "Flat Out, The Story of 30 Sqn RAF" on page 167:
"Five aircraft had taken off to practice formation flying and all went well until F/Sgt J.B. Lisle in BG916 appreared to turn into the slipstream of another aircraft. This caused his Hurricane to turn over and enter a dive from which Lisle was unable to recover. His aircraft crashed into a lake, bursting info flames as it hit shallow water about 10 yards from the shore".
Air Britain BA100-BZ999 (latest edition) has for BG916: 30 Sqn - Hit slipstream of another aircraft in turn and dived into lake near Moratura, Ceylon.
Spouse rings the bell for the afternoon coffee, have to hurry and will react later on remaining questions.
Henk. ....Read More.||Henk Welting on 25th August 2010 09:19:34|
|F/Sgt Thomas Galbraith PAXTON, 1053584, 30 Sqn d. April 7th 1942?||Simon,
During my research into the attack on Colombo I've been able to match the following 30 Sqn Hurricanes to the pilots indicated:
BG827 / RS-W: Plt Off James Henry “Jimmy” Whalen RCAF
BG795 / RS-N: Plt Off Garth Elliott Caswell RAAF (shot down, KIA)
BM910 / RS-?: Flg Off T.M.C. Allison (shot down, wounded)
Z5447 / RS-?: Sgt Allan John Browne RAAF (shot down, KIA)
BE352 / RS-O: Plt Off Donald Geffene RAFVR (shot down, KIA)
BG887 / RS-?: Sgt Whittaker RNZAF
According to Halley, BG880 and BM930 were among the 30 Sqn aircraft shot down and destroyed on 5 April but I have not been able to match either of them to a pilot. The candidates are Paxton and the following other shot down pilots:
Plt Offr Donald Alexander McDonald RCAF
Plt Off Herbert Kenneth Cartwright RAFVR
Flt Sgt Louis Anthony (Tony) Ovens, DFM (KIA)
I also have a list of serial numbers for Hurricanes which were on 30 Sqn's charge at some point, but not necessarily on 5 April 1942, and which were SOC after 5 April 1942. Among them are:
BG687 To GI airframe 1.3.44
BG692 SOC 30.6.44.
BG748 Hit mast in dive during dummy attack and crashed in sea 30m W of Colombo, 28.7.42
BG916 Hit slipstream of another aircraft in turn and dived into lake near Moratura, Ceylon, 20.4.42.
BM918 SOC 14.10.44
Bloody Shambles vol. 2 says that McDonald crash-landed his "badly damaged" aircraft "on an area of grass in front of the Galle Face Hotel", into which he walked and asked for a drink at the bar. So perhaps his aircraft was repaired and not SOC until long after 5 April, so maybe one of the five aircraft listed immediately above was his. However, the same source says that Cartwright's aircraft was written off and that the "wreck" of Ovens' aircraft was found in a reservoir. Paxton baled out of his aircraft, so we can assume that it was destroyed too. So, the best that I can say is that Paxton may have been flying BG880, BM930 or this final, unidentified shot down aircraft.
Rob ....Read More.||Rob Stuart on 31st January 2015 08:07:14|
|Number of Hurricanes ferried to Ceylon by Indomitable||Can anyone help identifying which (if any) of the following eleven Hurricanes were flown off by HMS Indomitable on 6-7 March 1942:
BE242, BG689, BG692, BG819, BG870, BG872, BG916, BG936, BG937, BM901 and BM918.
I have been researching (on and off) the Hurricanes of the so-called emergency allocations of December 1941 for Singapore, Burma and Ceylon mostly through research at then PRO, Kew and at AHB RAF and by exchanging data with others. More recently I have been trying to line up the 60 Hurricanes ferried by Indomitable for Ceylon. I'm aware of the 2011 discussions on this forum which I have followed with great interest but no more than that being too busy writing a book at the time.
Help is appreciated.
Peter Boer ....Read More.||peterboer on 10th February 2017 01:52:28|