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    Default Hurricane crash, Cleish Hills, 19 Nov 1943

    Hi,

    On 19th November 1943 a flight of four Hurricanes II's from 1 TEU carried out a low level cross country Rhubarb exercise. As the flight crossed the Cleish Hills in Fife, two of the Hurricanes crashed. One, BE651 was flown by Flt Sgt Franklin Walter Cummings (AUS414633) RAAF, the other was flown by Fly Off Derek Walter Frederick Ridgway (121368) RAFVR. Both pilots are buried in Dundee (Balgay) Cemetery.

    The other two pilots were Fly Off Wood and Flt Sgt McQuarrie.

    Would anyone know the serial number of Fly Off Ridgways Hurricane?

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    Alex

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    Alex

    According to ABS, this should be

    Hurricane IIc HV840

    dg

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    Hi dg,

    Thanks for the serial number.

    Alex

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    Hi Alex,
    In case you feel like a walk this weekend, Hurricane BE651 is crashed at OS sheet 58 grid ref. 065955. I'm afraid, after 35 years and 300plus crash visits I can't remember what is left, one of us will have photos.
    Cummings file for BE651 has been digitalised at the Australian archives. Can send a link if you require it.

    Alan.

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    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the grid ref. I plan to try and visit a number of crash sites in Fife, but I'll probably wait until the better weather comes in, whenever that may be. Some of the crash site locations are a little vague so I want to try and pinpoint their actual wherabouts.

    I've been looking through the Australian Archive site quite a lot this week so I'll have a go and try and find Cummings file.

    Would you know the crash location of Ridgways Hurricane?

    Regards,

    Alex

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    Hi Alex,
    Talked to a friend about the hurricanes at Cleish hill, they had carried out a magnetometer search at the site of Cummings aircraft and detected some deeply buried parts but did not excavate. From the accident report Ridgeway's aircraft hit a hilltop and exploded, probably Park hill, as the formation was flying in the direction of Loch Leven. I would imagine that parts would have been scattered a considerable distance.
    One to visit in the spring.......
    Alan.

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    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the extra info. I'll try and have a look at the two crash sites later this year.

    Alex

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