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Thunderbolt HD198 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Thunderbolt HD198

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  11 Oct 44 Aircraft Name  Thunderbolt I Serial Number  HD198
Unit  258 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Arkonam Country  India
Aircrew details Fg Offr C C BETTS(402786)
Details Developed an inverted flat spin during a series of aerobatics. found it impossible to recover. Baled out at 4500 feet and made a safe landing. 1m S of Arakonam
Source ORB

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Sgt colin cloudesley bettsHi Phill, As Martyn suggested Betts’ NAA file is your best reference for material. He had several postings to fighter squadrons including 123 and 258 Sqns RAF and a possible attachment to 261 Sqn RAF. There is also an undigitsed NAA file indicating he was involved in an aircraft accident on 11 Oct 44 while flying Thunderbolt HD198. Betts (A.402786) was awarded a DFC on 8 May 45 for his service with 258 Sqn RAF, however, there is no citation and I am unsure whether it was for a specific action. Also….. a google search shows up this family history website He had five brothers including Wallace Hope Betts who was also in the RAAF and served with 104 Sqn RAF. It would appear Colin Betts died in 1994, age 82 at Gulgong. Regards, Drew H ....Read More.AUS on 15th July 2011 01:29:15

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