|Number of Hurricanes ferried to Ceylon by Indomitable||Hi all,
The following may help add to the overall information of this post. The logbook of Sgt W.E. Pearce (Aus.402825), 261 Sqn RAF, indicates he flew Hurricane Mk.I Z4762 from HMS Indomitable to China Bay on 7th March 1942 (30 min flight). Thereafter, Pearce piloted Hurricane Mk.IIB Z5620 for an air test (13th) and Dawn Patrol (17th). Hurricane Mk.IIB, Z5533 was seemingly his usual mount from 17th March onwards - logging 8 sorties and 5 non-ops (not including his final fateful mission on 5th April). He noted two additional non-ops flying Hurricane ‘227’ on 14th Mar and ‘676’ on the 30th Mar.
Regards, Drew ....Read More.||AUS on 10th October 2013 11:55:36|
|Number of Hurricanes ferried to Ceylon by Indomitable||Graham, thanks for the info. I’ve added that book to my “to buy” list now.
Drew, thanks for your post. I wasn’t aware that 261 Sqn had Z5620 on its strength. Perhaps it was the aircraft which Bloody Shambles vol. 2 says was lost in an accident on 7 April or the one which WO Griffin damaged on 5 April by taxying into a ditch. I don’t have a serial number for either of these. ‘227’ would be BE227, flown on 9 April by Sgt Lockwood and shot down. ‘676’ would be BG676, flown on 9 April by Sgt Bowie and also shot down. Does Sgt Pearce’s log say what time he took off from Indomitable?
Col Bruggy, many thanks. Recording ‘V7711’ in the ORB as ‘Z7711’ would be a more likely error than the one I suggested in my last post. I don’t have Halley’s volume which includes the V---- serials (and no longer have the one for the Z---- series which I had borrowed a while ago), but the website at [url]http://www.k5083.mistral.co.uk/APS.HTM[/url] gives V7711 as one of 1250 Mark I’s produced by Gloster starting in July 1940 – along with Z4227, Z4247, Z4372 and Z4783. This source says that only 29 of these Mark I’s were converted to Mark II’s. It also says that the converted aircraft were all re-serialled. If V7711 was one of the 29 converted aircraft and it’s new serial number was Z5661 this would explain things, but [url]http://www.k5083.mistral.co.uk/APS.HTM[/url] implies that Z5649 - Z5693 were Mk. IIB Hurricanes built by Gloster.
Would anyone know if Z4783 and V7711 were converted to Mark II’s? It would be somewhat surprising if they weren’t, since they were grouped with Z4247, Z4227 and Z4372, presumably due to having similar performance. ....Read More.||Rob Stuart on 14th October 2013 06:41:38|