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 Hurricane II LB859



Control lost in storm, abandoned 30m SW of Dimapur ,113 Sqn lost 1944-03-15 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  15 Mar 44 Aircraft Name  Hurricane IIC Serial Number  LB859
Unit  113 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Dimapur Country  India
Aircrew details Flt Lt Ernest Martin FROST(407420)
Details 12 aircraft ferry to Dimapur. Control lost in storm, abandoned 30m SW of Dimapur. Frost, and four of his colleagues were returning to Diampur and ran into stormy weather. One airman made an emergency landing and three made it back to Diampur. Frost baled out over Kohima (which is approx. 30 miles SW of Diampur). LB859, undoubtedly Frost's aircraft. Entry in the log book for 15 March is "Palel - Dimapur", with the comment "hit storm. Instruments u/s - baled out". He took 2 days to walk back towards camp, doing the last section to Dimapur by train. He was in hospital until 21 March. The forced landing report states: "F/Lt Frost was leading a formation of 12 aircraft to Dimapur from Palel, where they had been carrying out A.S.C. duties. He called up and asked his position, and was told he was 36 miles south of base. He was at this time at 17,000 and immediately afterwards he began to lose height through a bank of cumulo-nimbus cloud. Owing to the density of the cloud and the extreme turbulance experienced, the formation became separated. F/Lt Frost did not return to base."
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AUS407420 F/Lt E.M.FROST RAAF - 113 Sqn.Hello Col, LB859 - control lost in storm, abandoned 30 miles SW of Dimapur (what may have been in the Kohima area ??). Regards, Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 3rd January 2010 11:15:15
AUS407420 F/Lt E.M.FROST RAAF - 113 Sqn.Henk, Frost, and four of his colleagues were returning to Diampur and ran into stormy weather. One airman made an emergency landing and three made it back to Diampur. Frost baled out over Kohima (which is approx. 30 miles SW of Diampur). LB859, undoubtedly Frost's aircraft. Thanks for your help, Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 3rd January 2010 03:34:07
AUS407420 F/Lt E.M.FROST RAAF - 113 Sqn.I can confirm the above details. I am Ern Frost's daughter and came across your blog accidentally. My father passed away 4 months ago and I have his flying log book and a report of the incident. They show the serial number LB859, and the entry in the log book for 15 March is "Palel - Dimapur", with the comment "hit storm. Instruments u/s - baled out". He took 2 days to walk back towards camp, doing the last section to Dimapur by train. He was in hospital until 21 March. The forced landing report states: "F/Lt Frost was leading a formation of 12 aircraft to Dimapur from Palel, where they had been carrying out A.S.C. duties. He called up and asked his position, and was told he was 36 miles south of base. He was at this time at 17,000 and immediately afterwards he began to lose height through a bank of cumulo-nimbus cloud. Owing to the density of the cloud and the extreme turbulance experienced, the formation became separated. F/Lt Frost did not return to base." Kind regards ....Read More.Chris Holton on 21st January 2010 12:29:04


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