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    I would appreciate any information of the events that resulted in the death of F/O Halahan on 18 March 1941. He was with 74 Sqn at the time, flying Spitfires.

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    Brian

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    Brian,

    No Spitfire accidents on that date, but I have a note of a 74S Magister L6899 crashing 1m W of Manston. Perhaps Henk could name the occupant(s).

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    Hi Gents,

    Form 1180 confirms

    Pilot as P/O M F C Halahan, 26 hours solo on type, 92 hours on others.

    time 16:20 hrs.

    Duty is difficult to read but looks like
    Flight to test passenger reactions

    One killed, one injured. Magister L6899.

    Stalled was gliding too slowly on left hand turn after completeing two loops at low altitude.

    Aerobatics at low height cause overconfidence -O.C.

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    At least half my brain must be working if I got the date correct with this one. My thanks to both.

    Brian

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    Hello,

    From the diary of Sgt R H 'Peter' May (No.74 Sqn.):

    A.
    March 18 (1941): Mike Halahan crashes in the Magister and dies in hospital. I saw Mike spin in on the perimeter of Manston aerodrome.

    B.
    Appendix D: TIGER STEEDS.

    MILES MAGISTER I (1938-1944)

    L6899 - Crashed 18/3/41 on the perimeter at Biggin Hill (?); Mike Halahan killed and AC Ingham badly injured.

    See:
    Tigers:The Story of No.74 Squadron RAF.
    Cossey,Bob.
    London:Arms & Armour Press,1992.
    A. p.90
    B. p.297

    The Times, April 15, 1941. p.7

    Died of Wounds or Injuries Received on Active Service.

    Halahan, P/O. M.F.C.

    Wounded or Injured on Active Service.

    Ingham, AC2. F.

    Col.

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    Additionally F/O Michael Frederick Crosby Halahan was born on 11 November 1911 in Portsmouth RD, Hampshire. He was the son of Air Vice Marshall Frederick Crosby Halahan and Eve Muriel Groves.

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    My thanks gentlemen. My interest in Halahan and Cumming (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12597-F-O-R-M-Cumming-122943-103-Sqn) comes from a brief bio I was researching for Louis G Groves. He was a Sgt MAO on RG380 of 517 Sqn, which flew into the Quantocks returing from a met dortie on 10 September 1945. In his memory the Groves family dontated a sum to fund three annual Louis Grimble Groves Memorial Prizes in perpetuity; these are
    1. The Aircraft Safety Prize.
    2. The Meteorological Prize
    3. The Meteorological Air Observers Prize.

    I came across the Halahan and Cumming names during my research as being cousins within the extended Groves family, and was curious as to how they met their ends.

    As an aside L G Groves was also related to Air Commodore Robert Marsland Groves, Acting Chief of the RAF in the Middle East, who was killed in an aeroplane accident at Heliopolis in Egypt on 27 May 1920 (http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1920/1920%20-%200588.html?search=groves). The family instigated four awards in his memory:
    1. The practical Flying Prize
    2. The Aerial Navigation Prize
    3. An Aeronautical Research Prize
    4. The R M Groves Memorial Essay

    In this instance the awards were funded for 10 years (.http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1921/1921%20-%200240.html?search=groves)

    Brian

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    Hi,

    I was digging in a genealogy website. From there I can understand he was a cousin of Wing Cdr Patrick John Handy Halahan, DFC. No. 1 Squadron.

    http://www.linleyfh.com/oursecondsite-p/p388.htm#i23094

    http://www.linleyfh.com/oursecondsite-p/p390.htm#i26709

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    In our church at Greatham, Hampshire, we have a small memorial cross inscribed Michael F. C. Halahan, Spitfire pilot, March 18th 1941. We are not sure of the connection but it may have been from nearby Le Court which was a Cheshire home.

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    One of the things I like about RAFCommands is the way that a thread, which appears 'done and dusted', suddenly sparks to life again when one is least expecting it.

    Thank you for your post Ian, you set me digging again, but it seems as though Le Court didn't enter the equation until Cheshire first became interested in it in 1946. Michael's family was living at Glebe House, Bramshott when his father died in 1965. That isn't too far from Greatham, but there closer cemeteries and Michael's brother is buried at Bramshott.

    Strange

    Brian

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