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    Default OTU Whitley shot down 5 August 1940?

    Hi guys

    I have been advised that an OTU Whitley was shot down by a Coastal Command aircraft on 5 August 1940.

    Has anyone further information? Perhaps Ross can help?

    Cheers
    Brian

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    No Cat E OTU loss of a Whitley listed in Chorley for this date.

    Can you confirm the unit and that it was shot down.

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    Default This rang a bell. . . .

    From the Appendices to the Abingdon 10 OTU ORB Appendices for August 1940, AIR 29/640:

    "On the 5th a very serious mistake was made by a fighter Pilot (under training), from Silloth, who attacked, in a Hurricane, a Whitley V, piloted by Flying Officer Oettle, forcing it to land at Squires Gate Aerodrome, with a punctured petrol tank, and a damaged engine, luckily without injuring any member of the Crew, in spite of the fact that about 400 rounds entered the Whitley in question, which was seriously damaged. A court of enquiry was eventually held, suitable action being taken on their findings, which should preclude any possible repetition of such mistakes."

    Jack Oettle had recently been rested from 51 Sqn. He may have decided that Ops was safer than training, for he soon volunteered to become one of the first Special Duties Whitley pilots with 419 Flight, flying an Op on the night of 21/9/40.

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    Many thanks Deadrock

    It seems we're on the right track!

    RAF Silloth was the home of 1 OTU Coastal Command, so was the errant Hurricane pilot RAF or Fleet Air Arm? Has anyone a copy of 1 OTU ORB for August 1940?

    Cheers
    Brian

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