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    Does anyone have anything on the career of British pilot Arthur George Sims? He flew with RAF Ferry Command during WWII and is noted for crash-landing Mosquito KA970 at Prestwick after 7ft by 2ft of the stbd rear fuselage was blown out.
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    There is a very short biog of him here:

    http://www.cahf.ca/Members%20and%20Belt%20of%20Orion/members/S_members.htm

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    Perfect! Thanks, Amrit.
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    And... can anyone please confirm the delivery date for KA970 as April 1945?
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    Robert,

    Carl Christie's "Ocean Bridge" has an account this incident (KA970). On 17 April while 75 miles out of Prestwick a loud explosion was heard, the starboard engine ran rough and was feathered. Undercarriage could not be lowered, resulting in a belly-landing at Prestwick. A hole about seven by two feet had been blown in the rear starboard skin, yet the crew escaped unhurt.

    Cause of the "explosion" was found to be the failure due to icing of a pressure-relief valve on an engine-driven compressor that supplied air to a bottle that fed the aircraft brakes. With the relief valve frozen, the compressor would go on charging until the bottle blew up, knocking out a chunk of the rear fuselage.

    Christie adds that there is speculation that this same failure may account for the fate of many Mossies that went missing wthout trace on the Atlantic Ferry.
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 22nd May 2008 at 17:51.

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    Thanks, Ken.
    I read that too and thought the year was a little ambiguous, reinforced by the fact that Sims' RAFFC aircrew assignment card ferry flight entries stop in December 1944. That said, his payroll sheet goes to late April 1945 when he resigned, perhaps because he'd had enough after the Mosquito incident!
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    Can't remember where I read this, but apparently RAF Ferry Command had a major change in record keeping in December 1944, with much less detail recorded after that date for all flights and crew.

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