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 Hurricane II LB793



Flying Officers Illman and Herbert and Flight Sergeant Clement became separated in low cloud and rain from the leading aircraft on the way back and lost themselves. When they were very short of fuel they saw an airstrip and thinking that it was one of ours, landed there. Unfortunately the airstrip - Tamu - was held by the Japanese. Illman and Herbert went off to seek assistance, leaving Clement to look after the aircraft. Soon after they left, Clement heard shots and guessed that they must have been fired on by the Japanese. He promptly hid in a nearby monsoon drain and his quick thinking almost certainly saved his life, since a Japanese party arrived at the aircraft shortly afterwards and began to search for the third pilot. Clement had to stay hidden until a flight of Hurricanes appeared and strafed the three aircraft on the ground, so that they could not be used by the Japanese. He then made his escape and spent the next two weeks walking back to the Imphal Valley. Not only did this involve the usual problem of survival in very difficult jungle terrain, but also evading the Japanese patrols which were searching for him day and night. He finally walked into Palel, on 7th April - a first class effort, ,113 Sqn lost 1944-03-22 More information in: RAFCommands.com Databases

Block 9, Hawker Aircraft Ltd., RR Merlin XX and 27. 18 Apr 1943 - 29 Sept 1943 More information in: Dr. Colin James Pratt-Hooson's Hurricane Site

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  22 Mar 44 Aircraft Name  Hurricane IIC Serial Number  LB793
Unit  113 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Tulihal Country  Burma
Aircrew details Fg Offr John Alexander ILLMAN* (J25554)
Details three of 113's Hurricanes became lost and landed at Tamu airfield. This had just fallen into Japanese hands, and Flying Officers A.L. Herbert (aircraft "T"), J.A. Illman ("S") and Flight Sergeant H. Clement ("R") were all captured. Another aircraft ("A"), flown by the new commanding officer Squadron Leader R.N.H. Courtney, was damaged when bombing, but returned safely. Next day four 34 Squadron Hurricanes would be sent down to Tamu, where they destroyed the three 113 Squadron aircraft by strafing.
Source http://113squadron.c
Date of Crash  03 Nov 43 Aircraft Name  Hurricane IIC Serial Number  LB793
Unit  22 FC Operating Airfield  Dum Dum Country  
Aircrew details - ---
Details Struck by LB615. Engine cradle mouting, US, Port and starboard mainpalnes damaged. Starboard inner cannon damaged and spinner damaged
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