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    Default No.124 Squadron - Spitfire IX MA593 - 25-8-1943.

    Hello,

    On 25-8-1943, AUS20101 Sgt (Pilot) Mervyn James Hayden BLANCH RAAF, was involved in an incident at the De Havilland Aircraft Factory, Watford. Blanch, who was slightly injured, was reportedly flying No.124 Sqn Spitfire IX MA593. I can find no record of MA593 being on the books of No.124 Sqn!

    Could someone with access to the No.124 Sqn ORB., tell me what, if anything, it has to say about the incident?

    Any help appreciated.

    Col.

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    Col,
    Air Britain has MA593 never on the strength of 124 Sqn.
    303/611/312/80 OTU - To SAAF 5.8.48.
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Thanks for that. AB confirms what I already knew about MA593. Would still like to know what the No.124 Sqn ORB has to say.

    Col.

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    It is possible that he may have ben flying MA593

    The reason is that both 303 Sqn and 124 Sqn were at Northolt at the time. 124 Sqn were on Supermarine Spitfire VII for High Altitude Interceptions while 303 Sqn were on Spitfire IX (of whic MA593 was one)- Could not he or Sqn have "borrowed" a Spitfire from another unit especially for training as the VII had limited production..

    Of course if his Accident Report if it could get digitized at the NAA here...


    http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=1062017

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    Paul,

    Interesting point you make on the 124 Sqn/303 Sqn/Northolt connection. I'll bear it in mind in further researches.

    Thanks.

    Col.

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    One further point


    "De Havilland Aircraft Factory, Watford"

    is a reference I think to Leavesden Airfield

    http://www.leavesden.info/history-of-leavesden-studios-and-aerodrome/

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    Look under 25/8 here:

    http://orb.polishaf.pl/303sqn/1943-4/1943-08-no-303-squadron-f540

    John Engelsted

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    QED!!!!!!!

    Thanks John

    1943-08-25

    10/10 cloud. Vis. 4 miles. Afternoon 2/10 vis. 10 miles sinshine.
    Air firing practices carried out during the day at Southend.
    17.30
    RAMROD /S.2. Part I/. 12 A/c of the Sqdn S/L. Falkowski leading / W/C. Gabszewicz leading the Wing / took off as target forward support to the bombing of Triqueville. Wing was over target area 18.28 the bombers being 6 mins. late. Bomb bursts seen on West side of airfield. After leaving the bombers at Trouville area the Wing swept Bernay – Beaumont le Roger – St. Valery without incident. 5/10 low cloud. A/c down as base 19.30. One a/c crash landed near Watford due to fuel shortage. flown by an airman pilot of 124 Sqdn who was flying with the Wing.

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    John/Paul,

    Thanks for your help on this one. Clears up a knotty problem, and not only for me, l'm sure! BLANCH's accident is described as occurring on "Air ops".

    Mervyn Blanch passed away in June, 1984, aged 64.

    Much appreciated.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 6th December 2011 at 23:25.

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