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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  15 Jul 44 Aircraft Name  Thunderbolt II Serial Number  HD163
Unit  21 FC Operating Airfield  Karachi Country  India
Aircrew details Plt Offr Francis Michael SCANDIFFIO*(J88799)
Details Pilot Officer Francis Michael Scandiffio was serving with No. 21 Ferry Control based at Mauripur, India when he was killed in a flying accident. He died in the crash of a Republic Thunderbolt Mk. I, s/n HD163, while ferrying it from No. 320 Maintenance Unit based at Drigh Road, Karachi, India. His intended destination had been R.A.F. Station Yelahanka, India, but ran into foul weather and flew into the crest of a mountain near Gadra Road. Gadra Road is a railway station in the Barmer District of Rajasthan (Longitude 70.65 - Latitude 25.73) . More at http://aircrewremembered.com/scandiffio-francis.html
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Log Book - P/O Francis Michael Scandiffio J/88799 (Online)I stumbled upon the logbook of Francis Michael Scandiffio who flew most of his tenure in India. He died in a Thunderbolt Crash near Gadra road on 15 July 1944 [URL]http://www.canadianletters.ca/collections/war/469/collection/20627/doc/230[/URL] 1944-07-15 Thunderbolt I Plt Offr Francis Michael Scandiffio * J88799 21 FC HD163 Karachi Pilot Officer Francis Michael Scandiffio was serving with No. 21 Ferry Control based at Mauripur, India when he was killed in a flying accident. He died in the crash of a Republic Thunderbolt Mk. I, s/n HD163, while ferrying it from No. 320 Maintenance Unit based at Drigh Road, Karachi, India. His intended destination had been R.A.F. Station Yelahanka, India, but ran into foul weather and flew into the crest of a mountain near Gadra Road. Gadra Road is a railway station in the Barmer District of Rajasthan (Longitude 70.65 - Latitude 25.73) . More at [URL]http://aircrewremembered.com/scandiffio-francis.html[/URL] The log book is quite interesting, with minor notes everywhere on other aircraft losses of the Ferry Control.. names, places, incidents. There is one entry on the last page - in the month he died that does not make sense. [url]http://www.canadianletters.ca/sites/default/files/scans/Scandiffio.Francis.pilotlogbook.77.jpg[/url] [url]http://www.canadianletters.ca/sites/default/files/scans/Scandiffio.Francis.pilotlogbook.78.jpg[/url] The entry reads "Twin JET Vampire" Bopal to Kalyan - 627mph. and for July 1944! Is that a post war addition by someone in the family? ....Read More.Jagan on 22nd October 2017 12:00:50


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