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Avro Lincoln crash 1950Hi all, I'm new here but I should just like to add a few comments on this thread as I think it might be relevent. I vividly remember a Lincoln Bomber crashing at Scampton in the early fifties as it only just missed me! I can't remember the exact year but it was either 51 or 52 and I think November 6th as I seem to remember that I was in the MQ garden picking up some of the used fireworks left from the evening before. I was brought up sharp by a loud noise and a blast of heat so I did what came naturally ...ran into the house! The aircraft was apparently on final approach when it hit the corner of a hangar. It bounced across the two roads that run through Scampton, demolishing the Firing Range on its way, and came to rest in a ball of flame on the green behind our MQ's garden. There was a lot of fire tenders at the scene within minutes and the majority of these were hosing down the buildings in the vicinity of the crash to reduce the risk of the fire spreading. There were also loud reports from the ammunition of the aircrafts guns as they were set off due to the extreme heat ...not a good place to be near. I know that the aircrafts tail and mid-upper gunners lost their lives in the crash but as far as I remember the remaining crew members escaped. I was only about five or six at the time so any details are a bit sketchy but I can still see the crash in my minds eye very clearly. Pete. ....Read More.Pete100 on 11th February 2008 07:55:00
Sgt AHN Appleford killed 8 Sept 1940Sorry for the delay in replying. Here is the information i have on it: Anson N5244 – 10 FTS ORB, 8th September 1940: Crashed at Tern Hill resulting in the deaths of Sgt J M Cockburn (522454) and Acting Sergeants V C Brooke (903461) and A H N Appleford (901440), 8th September 1940. Accident card: 18.30 hrs. “Low flying. Escall [Ercall] Heath. Stalled at low height or allowed a pupil to do this.” AVIA file held at the National Archives: 8.9.1940. Place of accident – Hinstock. Short account of accident: At 17.50 hrs on the 8th September 1940, Sgt Cockburn took off in Anson N5224 to give low flying dual instruction to Sgt Appleford. The weather was very good, with little or no cloud and good visibility. At approximately 18.30 hrs the aircraft was seen to be flying very low. It made a sudden steep climb to about 300 feet and as it flattened out it fell into a steep turning dive and struck the ground vertically. The aircraft was too badly wrecked to ascertain whether any structural defect had occurred in the airframe or engines. Inspection and maintenance – In order. Finding of the court – Due to the instructor either allowing one of his pupils or himself to stall the aeroplane at a height from which normal recovery was not possible without striking the ground. Remarks of the CO – Concurs in findings. Remarks of AOC - Concurs Eye witness account of a gentleman i have spoken to, who lived near by: “It was in Ercall Heath, on the Springfields Farm. One Sunday afternoon during the war. They were playing around and diving and apparently they pulled back on the joy stick to miss a big tree and broke its back and crashed to the ground. As far as I know everybody was killed. We saw ‘em playing around. There’s a lot of woods around there, but there was a big tree in the hedge surrounding the wood and they said at the time that they’d pulled up sharp to miss this tree. I don’t know why they were that low but it came back and broke its back and crashed to the ground. They wouldn’t let us go to the plane after it crashed, but we saw the wreckage Crew were: - Sgt (Pilot instructor) John Malcolm Cockburn (522454), RAF. Buried in Stoke-Upon Tern Cemetery, Shropshire. No next of kin given. His death was registered in Whitchurch aged 24. His birth was registered in Liverpool in the first quarter of 1916. - Acting Sgt (Pilot U/T) Vincent Christopher Brooke (903461), RAFVR, aged 23. Buried in Torquay Cemetery. Photo of him with 24 Course. Son of Arden and Lily Edith Evangeline Brooke. Awarded Two Scholarships and Trustees Medal for General Proficiency, Strathcona Academy, Montreal. - Acting Sgt (Pilot U/T) Alexander Horatio Nelson Appleford (901440), RAFVR, aged 24. Buried in Castle Combe (St Andrew) Churchyard, Wiltshire. Photo of him with 24 Course. Son of Alexander Nelson Appleford and Lilian Mary Appleford, of Bath, Somerset. His fath ....Read More.thorne83 on 21st February 2008 12:42:08
410204 - Unaccounted airmen - 4-2-1941What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for: LAC (Obs u/t) Leslie H. BELLRINGER - 1164831 - not found Flight archives; LAC Albert E. COPPINS - 1209016 - not found Flight archives; F/Lt (Pilot) Robert F. HALLIWELL - 33341 (fm Canada) - 62 Sqn (Singapore) - died of wounds or injuries received on active service - buried Taiping WC; AC1 Eric S. ORBELL - 1352331 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service - registered Ely; Cpl Norman E. ROWE - 905205 - not found Flight archivesw - registered Ely; Sgt Peter SHARP - 156091 - not found Flight archives - registered Stafford, and Sgt (Pilot) Frank G.P. SHAW - 904873 - not found Flight archives - registered Chippenham. Registered Ely may have been casualties died at RAF Ely Hospital ? Proposed aircraft serials for this day: Henley I - L3271 - 1 AACU - crashed in forced landing near Carew Cheriton. Lysander II - L6857 - 1 SAC - crashed on approach Old Sarum. Oxford II - P8988 - 2 FIS - collided with K3601 near Cranwell. Valentia - K3601 - 1 SS - collided with P8988 near Cranwell. Regards and thanks for your help. Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 31st July 2008 10:13:38
Sgt KNIGHT & THOMPSON PoWsHi, 3025036 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Raymond Arthur THOMPSON 1603067 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) N H KNIGHT 6-10-1944 No.355 Sqn Liberator VI EV940 'F' Failed to return from low bombing attack on locomotives on the Bangkok-Lampang railway. Locomotives sighted UTTRADIT station and attacked. Hit by fire from a M.G. nest just beyond the target, crashed, and blew up on impact four miles north of the UTTRADIT Railway Station. 1575095 F/Sgt (Pilot) Harold Norman HARRISON RAFVR + AUS410876 W/O (Co-Pilot) Murray Bernard CROCKETT RAAF + 996520 F.Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Roy PAGE RAFVR + 1320361 F/Sgt (Nav.) Charles NUNN RAFVR + 1579345 Sgt (Air Bomb.) Harry LAW RAFVR + AUS421713 W/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Alfred Milne Hunter DAVIDSON RAAF + AUS421757 W/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) John Knox Stewart RADNIDGE RAAF + 1796212 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Hugh Cecil MARTIN RAFVR + 3040082 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Thomas AISBITT RAFVR + 3025036 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Raymond Arthur THOMPSON - POW (recovered safely, post-war) 1603067 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) N H KNIGHT - POW (recovered safely, post-war) All dead buried, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Coll, grave 4. G. 67-75. See also: Air War Over Burma:The Allied Air Forces Fight Back in South-East Asia 1942 -1945. Shores,Christopher. London:Grub Street,2005. p.270 Not quite what your after, but its a start. Col. The latest info from Matt Poole, is as follows: Low-level dive bombing attack on locomotives in the Uttaradit rail station, Siam. EV940 pulled up sharply after dropping bombs across the target and was hit by fire from a machine gun nest just beyond the target. Crashed in flames 7 to 8 km north (or northwest) of the target. Of the eleven-man crew, nine were killed in the aerial combat or crash, including the skipper, 1575095 F/Sgt Harold Norman "Darky" Harrison. They are buried in Collective Grave 4. G. 67-75 at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Three crewmen bailed out, but one died when his parachute failed to open. Two others were captured, imprisoned in Bangkok, and liberated in 1945. They are 3025036 Sgt Raymond Arthur Thompson (Mid-upper gunner) and 1603067 Sgt F H Knight (Rear gunner). ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 28th April 2010 07:45:40
Lost 206 Sqn Hudsons - June 25, 1942Hi Ross: Many thanks. The following comes from John Lowe's impressive and growing 206 Sqn web site, which I should have re-checked first - it contains a couple of recent and relevant additions. From: In August 2009 I was contacted by Adriano Baumgartner who was researching RAF and Luftwaffe pilots. His research led him to Major Werner Hoffmann who was a German Ace with over 50 claims to his credit. We believe that Werner was responsible for the loss of one of the 2 Hudson's from 206 Squadron when he was in unit NJG 3, below is his account of that night supplied by Adriano. "I flew to West of Schleswig, to wait for the bombers on their return leg from Bremen. I was guided by Ground Control (Radar) onto a target. We located it visually and came in from behind, flying almost at the same level. I chose a Lockheed Hudson that was flying away from the main box. I drew very close until he filled the gun sight. I opened fire and saw his right wing on fire. Immediately after being hit the Hudson pulled up sharply, then the aircraft spinned to the right until the impact with the ground at 2:26hrs. I continued to orbit and was guided onto another target some time later. We identified it as a Whitley Bomber (serial number V6730). After my attack this bomber tried to runaway by diving but it was so heavily damaged that it made a forced landing some 6km North of Busem." It would seem that this was very likely F/Sgt Wright's aircraft, AM762, which crashed on land. For more on WOP/AG Joe Peet: Regards: Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 3rd January 2011 08:40:57
P/O Wiens Russell HenryI came across this thread today, although it's an old one I'd like to add a few details on his career. P/O Wiens was the fiance of my favourite aunt, just before she died she told me about him and said he was the love of her life. She called him Russ, he was known as Butch on the Squadron. He was from Jansen, Saskatchewan and worked as a grain elevator operator before coming to England and taking a short-service commission with the RAF. In November 1939 he was assigned to 242 Squadron, together with other Canadian pilots. 242 was intended as a token Canadian squadron, flying in England with an odd assortment of training aircraft, including Ansons ironically , but became operational at the insistence of the Canadian Commissioner in London. Russ was seconded to 85 Squadron in France at Lille Seclin on May 14th 1940, together with other members of 242 'A' flight. On 17th May at 16.00 he shot down a bf109 piloted by Lt. Helmut Reumschussel. On 18th May1940 he was involved in a furious fight with bf110s, flying Hurricane I L1665. He shot down one definitely and another probably before he was shot down by a bf110 of I/ZG 26. Badly injured, he was sent back to England and then to Canada. He was posted as an instructor to Goderich, Ontario. In a letter home to his brother, Russ described his own experiences: 'I am at present in a hospital in England, and have been here for the past two weeks. Previous to that I completed an extensive tour of northern France which took in Lille, Valenciennes, Cambrai, St. Pol, Le Touquet, Etaples, Boulogne, and then home. [He appears to refer both to places from which he flew and through which he was evacuated.] I was shot down by a Messerschmitt 110 or rather by about four of them. We were out on patrol and ran into about twelve of them and did we have a scrap! The war in the air today makes shows like Dawn Patrol look like Sunday School. It wasn't my first scrap but previous to that we never had such odds against us. We saw them first and went right in on their tail. I got one with my first burst and then followed a general melee. I was trying to manoeuvre for another one when a 110 nearly collided with me. The rear gunner and I had an argument, however. I gave him about 500 rounds and could see him fold up. I don't know whether the plane crashed or not, but if it did I have three. My engine cracked up owing to bullets in the cooling and oil system. I did not parachute because it isn't safe anymore owing to parachute troops. The French pot them on the way down. I crashed in a valley on top of some trees. I immediately wrote the plane off but got away with a bit of concussion and a stiff leg and a cut face. I was out for an hour or so and it is lucky she did not burn. . . . The French found me first and thought I was a German. Three of them pulled guns on me and I thought I was done but I passed out again and woke up in British hands, so it was oke. I went from one hospital to another in this retreat. T ....Read More.Peter Sharp on 20th May 2012 11:05:14
Donald Scratch, RCAFThanks, Dave, appreciate yr help (hope 'wing' OK?) This is the script attached to a very blurry pic of Scratch 'doing his thing'! Note it does mention Seattle - but I would have thought that at that time there would have been few night-time departures from Seattle? The strange end of Donald Scratch. Not an extreme low level shot, but this image of a P-40 chasing a B-25 Mitchell over buildings in the Vancouver area is worth a lengthy explanation. Jack Cook of the Warbird Information Exchange describes the background and the event pictured here: "Sgt. Scratch was born in Saskatchewan, July 7, 1919, and enlisted in the RCAF in Edmonton, as R60973 AC2 on July 20, 1940. He earned his wings as a Sergeant Pilot and flew with that rank for a long time. He flew Liberators from Gander, Newfoundland, as a copilot on antisubmarine patrols. Scratch was good at his job and was eventually raised to commissioned rank. As a Flying Officer and with many hours to his credit, Scratch wanted to fly as aircraft commander however RCAF officials considered that, as he was slight in build, and had suffered ankle injuries in the past, he would not have the strength to control a Liberator in an emergency. Sgt. Scratch wanted more action but was unsuccessful in getting an overseas posting. He became very depressed. One evening, June 19, 1944, in the mess, he entered into a debate about one man being able to take off, fly, and land, a Liberator. Scratch left the mess, went down to the hangar, fired up a Liberator, and took off. He shot up the American base at Argentia, and the base at Gander. When some fighters approached him to order him to land, they found him occupying, and rotating the mid-upper gun turret, with the aircraft on autopilot. The guns were fully armed and operational. When he returned to base he was placed under arrest, later court marshalled, and dishonorably discharged. Mr. Scratch returned to Edmonton, Alberta, and went directly to the RCAF recruiting office where he was accepted back into the RCAF as a Sergeant Pilot. He was posted to No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay. No. 5 OTU was training aircrew on Liberators for service against Japan. The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was winding down and many of the pilots were senior aircrew from Training Command. Again Sgt. Scratch found himself flying second pilot to officers with far less experience than himself. The training started on B-25 Mitchell aircraft and advanced to Liberators. When his experience and flying skills were not recognized, Sgt. Scratch again became frustrated. On December 5, 1944, Sgt. Scratch attempted to take off, unauthorized, in a Liberator. Due to the fact that there was no official flying that night, the field was in darkness and the control tower unmanned, Scratch mistook a roadway for the runway and crashed into a wooden bridge wiping out the undercarriage. Undaunted, he returned to the hangar and signed out a B-25 Mitchell and took off. Scratch flew down to Seattle, Washin ....Read More.Resmoroh on 8th February 2013 10:17:12
440126 - Unaccounted Airwomen & Airmen - 26-1-1944Hello, Re: INDIA - LEMON. 26-1-1944 No.22 Ferry Control Tiger Moth II NL714 On 25th January, 1944, P/O Westhoff* took off from Allahabad at approx 1100, the aircraft detailed to be ferried to Barrackpore. At 0803 on 26th January, the aircraft took off from Gaya airfield, a night stop having been made there. After take-off, the aircraft flew around the airfield at an altitude not exceeding 200 feet, and then dived within 20/30 feet above the ground. It then pulled up sharply to 150 feet when it executed a stall turn. The pilot inadvertently allowed the aircraft to spin after the stall turn. He made a recovery from the spin but was too low to level out and the aircraft struck the ground. The crew of two were killed. AUS35271 P/O (Pilot) Norman Frederick WESTHOFF RAAF + 1319552 Sgt (Nav./B) John Stanley LEMON RAFVR + Both are buried in Delhi War Cemetery. Per: Alan Storr. * For more on Westhoff, see: BCL7/237 - 30-7-43 - 21 OTU - Wellington IC DV888. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 29th October 2013 04:52:59
410204 - Unaccounted airmen - 4-2-1941Hello LAC Albert E. COPPINS - 1209016 - registered March 1942, Croydon. Note that the CWGC entry for him list his date of death as February 4th 194[U]2[/U], as does his gravestone photo on findagrave: [url],-albert-edward/[/url] [url][/url] Sgt Peter SHARP - 156091 - the Perthsire Advertier of February 8th 1941 carried the fowlloing announcement: [I]SHARP - At Stafford Military Hospital, on 4th February 1941, after a serious illness, Sgt. Peter Sharp, R.A.F., of Hykeham, Lincoln, beloved husband of Gladys Eagle, and elder son of Mr John Sharp and the late Mrs Sharp, 23 Whitefriars Street, Perth.[/I] Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 30th September 2017 07:11:40
Unexplained Disappearances of Aircraft in WW2Hello All, Mni tks for all the very informed opinions - much appreciated. It is a difficult subject area to put into mathematical precision when much of the evidence (and the informed opinion therein) is at the bottom of some sea! A day, or so, ago I re-read some of the pages of "Even The Birds Were Walking" by Kington & Rackliff (Tempus. ISBN 075242016X). To a certain extent it made me look at the problem "through the other end of the telescope"! I was brought up sharp by the phrase “[I]. . . replaced by Hudsons, which were considered a death-trap if forced to ditch in the sea”[/I]. Work In Progress - as they say. But I think I'm trying to quantify (via FSX, maths, spreadsheets, etc) something which is unquantifiable? Your expert help is much appreciated! Rgds Peter Davies ....Read More.Resmoroh on 27th February 2018 10:46:16
1940 Unaccounted Airmen Database ReconciliationLeading Aircraftman John Lindsay McFADYEN (391839) 1940-06-15 New Zealand Greymouth (Karoro) Cemetery Leading Aircraftman Francis Maurice McFARLANE (391840) 1940-06-15 New Zealand Nelson (Stoke) Cemetery Date: 15-JUN-1940 Time: 11:30 LT Type: Airspeed Oxford Mk I Owner/operator: 1 SFTS RNZAF Registration: NZ279 TWO KILLED NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME LXXVII, ISSUE 23684, 17 JUNE 1940 TWO KILLED BOMBER CRASHES AKAROA TRAGEDY VIOLENT EXPLOSION SHOPS SET ON EIBE [BY TELEGRAPH —OWN CORRESPONDENT] CHKISTCHURCH, Sunday Two men were killed when a Royal New Zealand Air Force bomber crashed into the centre of the Akaroa township at 11.-30 a.m. yesterday and burst into flames. The victims were: — Leading Aircraftsman John Lindsay > McFadyen, of Blackball, West Coast. Leading Aircraftsman Francis Morris McFarlane, of Nelson, a married man. The machine fell on, two shops in Lavaud Street, the main street, and burst into flames. Both shops were burned, and the flames were so fierce that no one was able to approach the wreckage. Valmai Dann, aged 12, daughter of Mr. George Dann, and Nathalie Ramsay, aged 14, daughter of Mr. Walter Ramsay, who were near the scene of the crash,' suffered from burns and shock. Valmai Dann was taken to hospital, but the other girl was not so severely burned. Explosions After Crash As the machine was circling low over the township its wing was seen to drop sharpl}-, and a moment later it crashed, bursting into flames as it struck the buildings. One of these was occupied by Mr. A. J. Brown, hairdresser, and the other by Mr. A. E. Kingston, draper. ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 11th December 2018 06:33:27

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