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Hurricane I  P2543 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Hurricane I  P2543


Block 1/G, Gloster Aircraft Company., Nov 1939 - April 1940 More information in: Dr. Colin James Pratt-Hooson's Hurricane Site

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AIR81/104Flying Officer E J Kain: injured; Hurricane P2543 hit by cannon shell; aircraft abandoned at Ritzing, France; 26 March 1940.C14141926


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73 Sqn C/O France 1940The following article is in Wednesday 08 May 1940 , Falkirk Herald , Stirlingshire, Scotland PILOT THOUGHT HE WAS IN HEAVEN. —Hurtling unconscious to earth after jumping at 25,000 feet from his ’plane over the Western Front, British fighter pilot came to his senses when in clouds and. in his own words, thought he was “in Heaven.” When he dropped through the cloud, however, he realised he was not in heaven—and pulled the rip cord of his parachute. He floated down and found he was over No Man’s Land, being shot at by the Germans, Landing safely, he destroyed his parachute and eventually got back to his squadron—after being nearly shot by a French patrol. The pilot’s engine caught fire after he had shot down an M.E. 109. His face burned and with bullet injuries to leg and hand, the pilot decided it was time to jump for it. After disconnecting his oxygen he “passed out.” This and other thrilling experiences men of the R.A.F. Fighter Command were told by officer commanding a squadron in France who is now in London. This incident describes F/O Edgar James "Cobber" Kain parachute incident in P2543 'P' 'Paddy III' on March 23, 1940 over Ritzing, Moselle, France of 73 Sqn The only question I have is 'who could be the "officer commanding a squadron in France who is now in London. " 73 Sqn Co's in the time frame were S/Ldr Brian Wright ‘Red’ Knox #16179 from "1st September, 1939" S/Ldr Kenneth Alexander Keswick MacEwen # 05155 "from 26th March 1940" S/Ldr James Winter Carmichael ‘Hank’ More #26161, D.F.C. "from 16th April, 1940" Can anyone confirm the dates from the ORB. I suspect that MacEwen was earlier than 26th March 1940? Kind Regards Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 30th July 2015 04:48:34
73 Sqn C/O France 1940The following article is in Wednesday 08 May 1940 , Falkirk Herald , Stirlingshire, Scotland PILOT THOUGHT HE WAS IN HEAVEN. —Hurtling unconscious to earth after jumping at 25,000 feet from his ’plane over the Western Front, British fighter pilot came to his senses when in clouds and. in his own words, thought he was “in Heaven.” When he dropped through the cloud, however, he realised he was not in heaven—and pulled the rip cord of his parachute. He floated down and found he was over No Man’s Land, being shot at by the Germans, Landing safely, he destroyed his parachute and eventually got back to his squadron—after being nearly shot by a French patrol. The pilot’s engine caught fire after he had shot down an M.E. 109. His face burned and with bullet injuries to leg and hand, the pilot decided it was time to jump for it. After disconnecting his oxygen he “passed out.” This and other thrilling experiences men of the R.A.F. Fighter Command were told by officer commanding a squadron in France who is now in London. This incident describes F/O Edgar James "Cobber" Kain parachute incident in P2543 'P' 'Paddy III' on March 23, 1940 over Ritzing, Moselle, France of 73 Sqn The only question I have is 'who could be the "officer commanding a squadron in France who is now in London. " 73 Sqn Co's in the time frame were S/Ldr Brian Wright ‘Red’ Knox #16179 from "1st September, 1939" S/Ldr Kenneth Alexander Keswick MacEwen # 05155 "from 26th March 1940" S/Ldr James Winter Carmichael ‘Hank’ More #26161, D.F.C. "from 16th April, 1940" Can anyone confirm the dates from the ORB. I suspect that MacEwen was earlier than 26th March 1940? Kind Regards Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 30th July 2015 04:56:21
73 Sqn C/O France 1940Peter Thanks AIR 81/104 has following re date and Serial Number AIR 81/104 1Flying Officer E J Kain: injured; Hurricane P2543 hit by cannon shell; aircraft abandoned at Ritzing, France; 26 March 1940 I am sure not L1766 as this was Written off in a crash 5th October 1940 with 6 OTU: Pilot P/O Cecil Clement Hood Davies #81050 , 1 hour on type. However, you might be right about date and thanks for info on press Conference - I think you have sorted it! Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 30th July 2015 07:19:14
NA ORB Exchange and Request ThreadFirst Cut of My List ORBS Sqn AIR 27/731/1 90 Sqn ORB 1937 Mar 01 - 1941 July 31 AIR 27/541/0-2 Squadron Number 57 Appendices YDate 1939 Nov 01 - 1945 Feb 28 AIR 27/640 Squadron Number: 74 Summary of Events: 1935 Sept 01 - 1940 Dec 31 AIR 27/641 Squadron Number: 74 Summary of Events: 1941 Jan 01 - 1942 Dec 31 Groups AIR 25/545 - ORB No 25 Armanent Group Eastchurch 1934 Feb.-1944 Dec. Training AIR/29/604 - Central Flying School. Formed at Upavon (UK) in May 1912. Disbanded in April 1942. Contains Defence Scheme of Vunerable Points, newspaper cuttings and a water colour of the School's armorial bearings.Includes 8 photographs depicting: Central Flying School, RAF Upavon: aerial views: visit by HM King George VI: rows of aircraft (unidentified). Dated 1938. With appendices Various AIR 14/1 - Analysis of Lying Accidents and Accidents Book 1936 June-1939 Mar AIR 81 Casualty Files Part 1 Apologies if I got any of these from elsewhere on this forum - Please Email me if not happy and I will remove AIR 81/1 - Pilot Officer W J Murphy, Flight Lieutenant W F Barton, Flying Officer H L Emden, Flying Officer H B Lightoller, Flying Officer J F Ross, Aircraftman 1st Class R Evans, Sergeant L R Ward, Sergeant S G M Otty, Corporal J L Ricketts, Aircraftman 2nd Class E Pateman, Sergeant O L D Howells, Aircraftman 1st Class E W Lyon and Sergeant A S Prince: report of deaths. Sergeant G F Booth and Aircraftman 2nd Class L J Slattery: prisoners of war. Pilot Sergeant R C Grossey: missing presumed dead; raid by Blenheims N6199, N6184, N6186, N6189 and N6240 on Wilhelmshaven, 4 September 1939 AIR 81/2 - Sergeant D E Jarvis, Acting Sergeant B G Walton, Flight Sergeant A J Turner, Aircraftman 2nd Class G T Brocking and Aircraftman 2nd Class K G Day: report of deaths; raid by Wellington L5275 on Brunsbuttel, 4 September 1939 AIR 81/3 - Pilot Officer L H Edwards: prisoner of war. Leading Aircraftman J Quilter, Sergeant A O Heslop and Aircraftman 1st Class G Sheffield: missing presumed dead; Anson K6183 failed to return from patrol over the North Sea, 5 September 1939 AIR 81/10 - Acting Flight Lieutenant W C G Cogman, Pilot Officer A W Mack, Sergeant G T Henry, Aircraftman 1st Class A Steel and Corporal S R Wood: prisoners of war; Whitley L8985 forced to land in Belgium, 9 September 1939 ***INCORRECT DO NOT HAVE**** AIR 81/11 - Pilot Officer D S M Burrell: report of death; Anson K6317 in an attack on an enemy flying boat, 19 September 1939 AIR 81/104 - Flying Officer E J Kain: injured; Hurricane P2543 hit by cannon shell; aircraft abandoned at Ritzing, France; 26 March 1940 AIR 81/206 - Pilot Officer H J R Dunn: injured; Hurricane P2362 force landed due to a shortage of petrol, 9 May 1940 AIR 81/299 - Temporary Warrant Officer B T P Carey, Temporary Warrant Officer T S Campion and Flight Lieutenant N M Thomas: prisoners of war; Battle P2332 crashed near Maastricht, The Netherlands, 12 May 1940 AIR 81/301 - Sergeant E G Roberts, Leading Ai ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 1st April 2020 08:20:39
Y0043 - Hurricane I - 73 Sqdn - TP-H - 26-05-1940Air81/405, Sydenham, P3274 also . However it would seem that the earlier loss was not P3274 but was P2803. FCL has the following. 26 May Sydenham + P3274 "H". 24 May Bell-Syer, wounded P2803 'L'. Carter Safe 'K", 19 May Langham-Hobart Safe P2543 Thompson Safe N2385 Pilkington Safe P2539 15 May Orton wounded P2579 Humphries wounded L1693 14 May Pyne + P2812 Roe + P2813 Dibden + P2689 McFadden Safe L1891 ....Read More.Alex Smart on 30th December 2020 10:59:30


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