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 Gladiator II N5646


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  29 Feb 40 Aircraft Name  Gladiator II Serial Number  N5646
Unit  152 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  North Sea
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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/96Squadron Leader F W C Shute: missing presumed dead; Gladiator N5646 reported engine failure whilst over the North Sea, 29 February 1940. Note: With mapC14141918

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Gladiator II N5646

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Squadron LeaderFrederic William Charles SHUTE (32020) Gladiator II N5646  AIR81/96 1940-02-29152 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial


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Squadron Leader Frederick William Charles ShuteSquadron Leader Frederick William Charles Shute, CO of 152 Sqn RAF, was lost on 29 February 1940 in the North Sea after engine failure. All sources agree on that, but they disagree on the aircraft he was flying, that is stated as Spitfire I K9898 or Gladiator II N5646. A now defunct website was saying that N5646 was lost on 2 April 1940 (but still said Shute perished aboard it). From the last version of Hakans 152 Sqn webpage (http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_raf_152.htm), N5646 was lost during an ASR sortie. One possibility is that Shute was lost during a scramble with the Spitfire and that the Gladiator was lost after that during an ASR flight to try to find him, the pilot surviving this time. Does anyone have the 152 Sqn ORB to know what happens this day ? Thanks in advance Laurent ....Read More.Laurent Rizzotti on 2nd April 2010 01:21:24
Squadron Leader Frederick William Charles ShuteLaurent My notes from the (very illegible) accident record card for Gladiator N5646 read: N 5646: 29/02/40: 152 Sqn. , Op, No408 (H) Fatal. Investigating coastguard report of ditched Wellington a/c. North Sea. Engine failed, lost at sea. Crashed into sea ?Sector controller removed from plot? Should not have been? ? To sea and ? due to misunderstanding between sector and group controller. Sqn Ldr FWC Shute, 31 hours on type/1541 hours total. Hope this helps Niall ....Read More.NiallC on 2nd April 2010 05:19:21
Squadron Leader Frederick William Charles ShuteHello all, S/Ldr. Shute was definitely flying Gladiator N5646 when he was lost on 29 February 1940. This is confirmed by the AIR 81/96 Air Casualty File available at TNA in Kew. Only Gladiator N5646 and the date of 29 February 1940 are mentioned in the detailed file of over 140 pages. No reference to a Spitfire. The Thornaby airfield Appendices (AIR 28/829, page 44) for 29 February 1940 notes 13 Group asked them at 0715 hours (sic) to help search for a Gladiator believed down in the sea. The time given may be a typo for 1715 hours ? The 152 Squadron ORB has no F541 part until November 1940 and the F540 section available is not as detailed as one would wish. It notes however there was "[I]No operational flying[/I]" on 2 April 1940, nothing else. On 20 April 1940 the 152 Squadron F540 records a mid-air collision between P/O R.E. Atkinson and P/O R.F. Inness. Both Spitfires crashed but no serials or locations are given. There are unfortunately no F1180 Accident Record Cards for either aircraft. The very useful 'Aircraft Accidents in Yorkshire' website lists Spitfire K9902 crashed this day at 'Stillbottle' or 'Shilbottle'. Happily the 60 MU ORB (AIR 29/1016) lists all the aircraft salvaged during April 1940. It notes two Spitfires inspected by the unit on 22 April 1940 and both collected on the 27th, [B]K9898 [/B]crashed at 'Newton-on-Moor' (sic) and K9902 crashed at 'Stillbottle' (sic). The two locations appear to be [B]Newton-on-the-Moor[/B] and [B]Shilbottle[/B], both in Northumberland and only a few miles north of Acklington, the 152 Squadron base. They are only two and a half miles from each other. It is worth noting that the Struck Off Charge dates are 2 May 1940 and 6 May 1940 respectively. It is still unknown which pilot was in which Spitfire. Can anyone help with this ? Hope this helps, Martin Gleeson. ....Read More.Martin Gleeson on 2nd July 2015 07:17:28
Gladiator N5642 Shetlands Fighter Flight FateI can part some of the fog from the F1180s This is the search on Fighter Flight 1939 to June 1940 30-01-1940 Fighter Flight, Shetlands, Gladiator II, N5642 P/O Winter R A RAFVR Num. 73015 Casualty Code I [URL]http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/F1180/1940/January_1940/30_1_1940/01301386.JPG[/URL] [URL]http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/F1180/1940/January_1940/30_1_1940/01301387.JPG[/URL] 20-03-1940 Fighter Flight, Shetlands, Gladiator II, N5643 Sgt Makius A E Num. 565992 Casualty Code [URL]http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/F1180/1940/March_1940/20_3_1940/01301407.JPG[/URL] [URL]http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/F1180/1940/March_1940/20_3_1940/01301408.JPG[/URL] 21-06-1940 Fighter Flight, Shetlands, Gladiator II, N5716 P/O Francis N I C Num. 40817 Casualty Code [URL]http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/F1180/1940/June_1940/21_6_1940/01301436.JPG[/URL] [URL]http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/F1180/1940/June_1940/21_6_1940/01301437.JPG[/URL] Although the printing of Sgt Makius name and service number is clear on the F1180 I have a note that it needs more work with AIR 78 to resolve. Edit - LG resolves to Makins - I'll update the database to correct [url]http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/05815.php[/url] To complete the picture requires a dump of the No.152 Squadron F1180s for overlap info 10-10-1939 No.152 Squadron, Hart T, K6482 Sgt Mycroft T Num. 519466 Casualty Code K 10-10-1939 No.152 Squadron, Hart T, K6482 Sgt Mycroft T Num. 519466 Casualty Code K 24-11-1939 No.152 Squadron, Gladiator II, N5640 P/O Doughty N A R RAFVR Num. 72477 Casualty Code I 24-11-1939 No.152 Squadron, Gladiator II, N5640 P/O Doughty N A R RAFVR Num. 72477 Casualty Code I 22-12-1939 No.152 Squadron, Gladiator II, N5701 P/O Posener F H Num. 41735 Casualty Code I 22-12-1939 No.152 Squadron, Gladiator II, N5701 P/O Posener F H Num. 41735 Casualty Code I 16-01-1940 No.152 Squadron, Spitfire I, K9893 Sgt Barker J K Num. 566251 Casualty Code 16-01-1940 No.152 Squadron, Spitfire I, K9885 P/O Beaumont W RAFVR Num. 76308 Casualty Code ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 28th January 2016 01:55:46


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