|Mystery Crash 4 AOS/4 B&GS 4th April 1940||From AIR 81/1970 3.
Short statement by injured person of the circumstances of the injury (see Instruction 6). Signed statements of witnesses, or of persons to whom the injured person may have mentioned his injury, to be attached (see Instruction 7). I was on a double detail bombing exercise in a Heyford Aircraft No. K.6893. Having dropped three bombs. I was flying on a course away from the target, preparatory to making a fourth attack, when I heard a crash and lost control of the aircraft, Which burst into flames immediately. Before I was able to extract myself I received a waft of flame in my face. I eventually succeeded in getting free of the aircraft and landed in the sea by parachute. I had great difficulty in keeping, my head, above water and' eventually lost consciousness' and did not recover until I was in Station Sick Quarters
Sgd. W.A. Mostvn-Brown, P/O, - Injured slight shock immersion abrasions. K6893 - Luce Bay 635700 1535 4.4.40, Beech body believed to be in wreckage
Pilot Officers William Albert Mostyn-Brown #42517 (DoB 20-12-1912 Richmond) and Dalton were detailed to carry out exercises in Heyford aircraft on the 4th April, 1940. During the exercises their aircraft collided and felll in the sea at Luce Bay.. P/O Mostyn-Brown and LAC Alfred Christopher Beech #751022 (DoB 30.8.19 Leicester) were the crew of Heyford K.6893, P/O John Patrick Dalton #41524 and LAC. Ralph Ramsay Smith #751145 the crew of Heyford K.6896.
The body of LAC. Smith was recovered, and from finding of the Court of Inquiry (Appendix E to enclcs. 1.B in A.81091//40 attached) there can be no doubt as to the fate of P/O J.P. Dalton and L.A.C. Beech.
SUBMITTED that the deaths of P/O Dalton end L.A.C. A.C. Beech nay be presumed, for official purposes, to have accrued in the 4th April, 1940.
Accidents Branch will wish to see min, 4 on A.81091/40 attached, referred to you in another connection.
I spoke to someone who knew Mostyn -Brown very well she remembered him talking about incident:
He jumped over sea and was unconscious, could not remember opening parachute,
but obvious parachute deployed as when he landed in water (still unconscious) he was dragged
along the top of the water by the wind. Some fisherman saw the canopy and altered the authorities who rescued him
He remembered the water was ice cold"
It is possible this article refers to Mostyn -Brown rescue:
Published: Monday 22 April 1940
Newspaper: Northern Whig
County: Antrim, Northern Ireland
CARRICK MAN FROM HARDY
Town Prepares for Homecoming O.K. Will home soon óBob. This telegram was received by Mr. and Mrs. W. M'Atamney, Davys Street, Carrickfergus, early Saturday morning Irom their son Robert, aged 20, who was serving as A.B. on board H.M.S. Hardy, one ol tire heroic battleships the Narvik action. It was the first message Urey had received from him since the battle. Shoryy after the news was received the M'Atamney home was besieged wi ....Read More.||paulmcmillan on 5th July 2017 12:00:46|