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    Default Sqn ldr w.h.a wright

    Looking for some more information on Sqn Ldr W.H.A Wright, I have located his promotions in the London Gazette, the Inquiry reports into his fatal Spitfire crash (548Sqn) through the Australian archives and mention of an FW190 damaged while with 130sqn on 19th Feb 1943. He also was Sqn Ldr of 193 Sqn in December 1943.
    Hopefully there is more as he was serving since 1937.

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    Alan, Hi,
    Wilfred Harry A Wright birth Reg Hoxne, Suffolk, 1907.
    Wilfred Harry A Wright death Reg Southend, Essex, 1996

    With a Death Reg of 1996 the DC may contain the Informant who is still extant in that area. 43 Wright's in the BT Directory in Southend!!!

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    Default S/L WHA Wright

    Hello Peter,
    I have S/L William Henry Alexander 'Alec' Wright, 70834 who was KOAS on 9-4-44 in Spitfire VIII, A58-392 (JG342).
    I have he was from Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire. Flew with 61 OTU, 218, 193, 130, 548 sqn.
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    Something strange here; what is an RAAF Spitfire VIII (presume for RAAF Home Command) doing in Scotland in 1944? Perhaps it was intended for Australia but never actually left for there, so how come it has an RAAF serial number?
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    Hello,

    No.548 Sqn RAF was formed on 15th December, 1943, at Lawnton, Queensland, Australia. The OC of No.548 Sqn was 70834 S/L William Henry Alexander WRIGHT RAFO.

    On Wednesday, 19th April, 1944 (not the 9th, as mentioned earlier), at approximately 0850 hours E.A.S.T., Spitfires Mk.VIII A58-393 (JG350) ( 70834 S/L William Henry Alexander WRIGHT), and A58-392 (JG342) (1319672 Sgt Alan Victor CHANDLER RAFVR), both aircraft belonging to 548 Sqn., Strathpine, were involved in a fatal accident when they collided in mid-air approximately 4 miles north west of A1 Strip (Petrie) at Strathpine, killing both pilots.

    For a copy of the Inspector of Aircraft Accidents report, see:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=694213

    See: pp.4-5.

    The Court of Inquiry proceedings, can be seen here:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=694642

    Col.
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    Thanks for all the replies. Squadron Leader Wright was indeed William Henry Alexander Wright, 70834 from Helensburgh. Strangely for an RAF airman his service record is in the Australian National Archives along with the Casualty repatriation file.

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    Hi Alan, can add a small piece of further information - he force-landed Spitfire X4177, while at 61 OTU, on the 15th May 1942. Here are my notes:

    X4177 From the accident cards:
    15th May 1942. 61 OTU. Engine failed and forced landed in a field with under carriage retracted, south of Wykey, Shropshire. During formation practice at 16.25 hrs.
    The ORB:
    A pupil force landed through engine failure this afternoon no blame attached to pilot.

    Cheers,

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    Thanks Tom,
    X4177 was shot down at one point and crashed landed on another two occasions, does this make it a luck or unlucky aircraft to fly ?

    Cheers,
    Alan.

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