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    Default Hawker Hind crash K6758 (04/03/1940)

    I would like to find out more about this loss, understood to have happened in bad weather, when a pilot from 5FTS lost control and crashed with fatal results onto the beach at Hoylake, on the Wirral.

    Is it possible to read any official loss report online, perhaps?

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    YOu won;t get anything offcial online at the moment but we did discuss this loss years back on the forum.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/dcforum/DCForumID6/Data/16991.txt

    Since the IT wizardry behind the old forum has fallen over I've extracted the relevent parts below.

    You can order a copy of the Air Ministry Form 1180 from teh RAF museum in hendon via their Doris reaserch office. Email them from here:
    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/

    Old mesage forum thread:------------
    'Unaccounted' airmen 4-3-1940
    Henk Welting (Guest
    09/24/2007|F/O (Pilot) Russell BELL - 70791, of 5 FTS (Sealand, Flintshire), lies buried Wavertree (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Liverpool (UK880). I've a note that he died at Hoylake, pres. whilst ferrying an aircraft.

    Hind I - K6758 - 12 MU - dived into ground Hoylake Beach, Cheshire.

    It could be possible that also Sgt Frederick L. LEE - 742543, buried at Mitcham (London Road) Cem., Surrey (UK4269), was killed in this accident.

    If F/O Bell was the only occupant of Hind K6758, it could be possible that Sgt Lee's aircraft was either:
    Audax K8334 of 3 FTS (crashlanded South Cerney), or:
    Wallace II - K3672 - 3 BGS - flew into ground Langford Lodge.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 4-3-1940|DaveW09/24/2007
    Henk

    Lee's death does not appear in the registers of either England & Wales or Scotland. Maybe the Irish connection??

    Regards

    DaveW

    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 4-3-1940|Henk Welting (Guest)||07:56:53|09/25/2007|

    Thanks Dave. I checked several websites on losses in Eire and Northern Ireland without success. But everything is possible, I even found two burials in the U.K. of airmen repatriated after the war from Canada.

    Regards,
    Henk.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Gents,

    I found Sgt Frederick L. LEE - 742543 listed as "DIED" on active service.

    Henk.

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    My thanks for information kindly provided; I wonder if such 'events' were reported in local newspapers in those wartime days?

    (I have looked at the Liverpool Echo archive online but that seems to go back only to year 2000 - suppose they had to start somewhen but earlier would have been nice!)

    Again, my thanks.


    P.S. I am starting a new thread about the ditching of another Hawker biplane (Hind?) in nearby West Kirby marine lake.

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    The 5 FTS ORB records the pilot as Acting Flying Officer R. Bell (70791).

    March 4th 1940, “Acting Flying Officer R. Bell (70791), an Instructor in the Advanced Training Squadron, met with a fatal flying accident at Hoylake when ferrying an aircraft.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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