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    Hi All

    The above was an Australian in the RAF and was killed in a mid-air collision on 20 Dec 1938 over Wales, is anyone able to add any further details?

    All the best

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm

    The Flight Global Arhive has this:

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1938/1938%20-%202878.html

    THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents:
    A.P/O.s Thomas Campbell Dunn, John Astley Cooper, and
    Ronald Vincent Hart, lost their lives, and A.P/O. Robert Andrew
    Desmond Meharey was slightly injured, in a collision in the air
    which occurred at Penrhos, Caernarvonshire, on October 11, between
    two aircraft of the Advanced Training Squadron, No. 10 Flying
    Training School, Tern Hill, Shropshire. A.P/O.s Dunn and Meharey
    were the pilots of the two aircraft.

    Dave

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    Hi Malcolm,

    from the ORB:
    "Accident to Audax K7396 and Audax K5149
    1. Two aircraft of this squadron were carrying out double detail high bombing practice at approximately 0800 hours on 11/10/1938 over the ranges at Hell's Mouth, Penrhos. There was a moderate wind and visibility was good at 6,000 feet with 4/10 cloud at about 4,000 feet. Each aircraft was aware that the other aircraft was also bombing.
    2. The two aircraft collided almost head on at a height of 6,000 feet and immediately dived to earth.
    A.P.O R A D Meharey, the pilot of Audax K5149 jumped and landed safely by parachute.
    A.P.O T C Dunn, the pilot of Audax K7396, also jumped but apparently his parachute caught in the tail plane and was torn to such an extent that it failed to break his fall. He broke his neck and was apparently killed instantly.
    The two aircraft fell about a mile from the beach and about half a mile apart. Both aircraft were buried in the earth to a considerable depth and burst into flames on impact. They were completely destroyed.
    The remains of the two bomb aimers, A.P.O J A Cooper and A.P.O. R V Hart, have been recovered.
    3. The findings of the court were that the cause of the accident was due to an insufficient lookout being kept by the two pilots concerned. A.P.O Dunn appears from the attached sketch, to be somewhat out of position. A.P.O Meharey who was concentrating on his view to the target failed to observe the other aircraft in time to avoid an accident.
    The deceased officers were all buried with full military honours, as follows:
    APO John Astley Cooper, Churchyard, Llaneneyan, (Pwllheli).
    APO Thomas Campbell Dunn, Melrose, Roxborough, Scotland
    APO Ronald Vincent Hart, St Phillip's Parish Churchyard, Pennifields, Wolverhampton.

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Can also add that Acting P/O Cooper was on K7396 and Acting P/O Hart on K5149.

    Tom

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    Hello,

    This event received wide coverage in the local (Australian) press. Two of the more informative articles were:-

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46483128

    and...

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70402566

    Tom. Thanks for the additional information on Cooper.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 23rd October 2011 at 03:19.

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    Hi Tom

    Many thanks for the info on Cooper, I'm currently getting behind as we've just got a new puppy and I'm run off my feet.

    Cheers

    Malcolm

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