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 Wapiti IIA J9712



Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  13 Jun 30 Aircraft Name  Wapiti IIA Serial Number  J9712
Unit  60 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Kohat Country  India
Aircrew details Sgt HINDELANG, Edward Albert
LAC LANSDELL, William Henry
Details LAC Douglas was 24 years old and serving in 60 Squadron, RAF when an aircraft loaded with bombs crashed shortly after take-off, bursting into flames. Douglas was first on the scene and found the gunner lying near the wreckage with his clothes burning. Using an extinguisher, Douglas put out the fire and after disentangling part of a gun equipment from the injured man, dragged him clear. With the assistance of another airman who had arrived on the scene, and after subduing a renewed burst of fire from the man's clothes, they got him into an ambulance. Then Douglas turned his attention to the pilot in the burning machine; he had approached to within 12yds of the wreckage when the first of the bombs exploded. Now realising that there was no hope of the pilot still being alive, he started to get clear and was 30yds away when a second bomb exploded.
Source RAF1930

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