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    Hello,

    Could someone with the relevant A-B Volume (LA100 to LZ999), please supply a Service History/Fate of Hurricane IIC LE701? Have some details, but need to confirm others.

    Any help appreciated

    Col.

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    Col,
    From A-B file - LE701 - 34 Sqn - Spun into ground nr Palel, 17-8-44.
    Ian

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    Ian,

    Once again, indebted to you.

    Have the following for LE701:

    17-8-1944
    No.34 Sqn.
    Hurricane IIC LE701

    This new aircraft took off from RAF Palel on a test flight. The Hurricane spun after a steep turn, the spin was corrected and then it spun again, crashed into the ground at 0820, and burst into flames.

    AUS37259 W/O (Pilot) Joseph Albert HOPPER RAAF - Died of Multiple Injuries and sixth degree burns.

    HOPPER originally buried Palel Military Cemetery, India. Grave A. 7. Later reinterred Imphal War Cemetery. 6. J. 23.

    This was not the first time HOPPER had been in trouble in Hurricanes, as evidenced:

    Bale-out No.1

    28-7-1943
    No.59 OTU
    Hurricane I P2822

    Abandoned after engine fire 2m NE of Milfield.

    AUS37259 Sgt (Pilot) Joseph Albert HOPPER RAAF - Uninjured

    Bale-out No.2

    8-9-1943*
    No.59 OTU
    Hurricane I P3394

    Abandoned after engine failure 3m off Dunstanburgh, Northumberland.

    AUS37259 Sgt (Pilot) Joseph Albert HOPPER RAAF - Uninjured.

    * Other sources quote 8-8-1943.

    Comments/corrections welcomed.

    Thanks Ian.

    Col.

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    Hi Col,

    No.59 OTU ORB confirms crash of P3349 on 8th Sept 1943.

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    Ross
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    Ross,

    Hopper's Pilot Training Report from 59 OTU, quotes 8-8-1943. Obviously a typo by the clerk.

    Thanks.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 5th October 2011 at 09:02.

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