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Hurricane II LE691 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Hurricane II LE691

hit trees while strafing on Chindwin River, wings torn off , but cockpit intact. SF543187 Killed in Action RAFCommands ,11 Sqn lost 1944-08-18 More information in: Databases

Block 10, Hawker Aircraft Ltd., RR Merlin XX , 24 and 27. 29 Sept 1943 - 24 May 1944 More information in: Dr. Colin James Pratt-Hooson's Hurricane Site

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  18 Aug 44 Aircraft Name  Hurricane IIC Serial Number  LE691
Unit  11 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Imphal Country  Burma
Aircrew details Fg Offr Robert Witherinton EASTON* (J29543)
Details hit trees while strafing on Chindwin River, wings torn off , but cockpit intact. SF543187 Killed in Action RAFCommands. [Can File] He was detailed to fly out over enemyt erritory and strafed river craft. He was attacking a target on the Chindwin river near a village called Thaungdut that the ac in which e was flying wa sseen to hit a tree and crash into the jungle on the bank of the river. Remaining ac circled overhead but because of heavy foilage, nothing could be seen. [Search Report 1-6-1946] RAF Search Party found wreck at 24 25N and 94 43E Map Ref 83L SF2519. Ac crashed hafl mile south of THAPANZEIK on the bank of Chindwin river, approx 2 m SE of THAUNGDUT. remains of pilot found scattered around the wreckage of aircraft. Remains handed to 60 graves Concentration unit at Mandalay. Villager gave approx crash as Aug 44. "Judging by size of bones collected, pilot must have been a alrge man of atleast 6 ft in height. According to remarks given for Hurricane LV691 I am led to believe that this crash is of the said Hurricane "

Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

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L.A.I.S and Robert Witherington EastonRobert Witherinton Easton, a member of the RCAF was killed in action with No.11 Squadron in Burma, 18 August 1944. His postings include a course at the L.A.I.S. in Ranchi, 1 May to 28 June 1944 before assignment to the squadron. The general content of the course indicate that it is a sort of Operational Training Unit for that area, but the exact meaning of "L.A.I.S." eludes me. Can someone enlighten me ? May I also ask who was the CO of No.11 Squadron as of August 1944 ? His letter of condolence to Easton's family was intercepted by higher authority, described as insensitive, and sent back to the CO for revision. His signature on both the first and second drafts is illegible. Finally, would Easton have been killed on Hurricane LE691 or LV691 ? ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 16th August 2013 05:33:02
L.A.I.S and Robert Witherington EastonHe was in LE691 (no Hurricane with the serial LV691). John Engelsted ....Read More.JohnE on 16th August 2013 02:36:56
L.A.I.S and Robert Witherington Easton[url][/url] Hugh, do you have copies of the letter? Does it add details of the loss? ....Read More.Jagan on 17th March 2018 12:49:07

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