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    Hi Peter,

    The location is all the above or as Eric Morcambe put "all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order!"

    Hodge Bridge over the Barbon Beck near Barbon

    http://www.geog.port.ac.uk/webmap/thelakes/html/lgaz/lk05737.htm

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    Hi all

    Thank you very much for all that information. We found Hodge Bridge on the map and this seems to be the site rather than Hodder Bridge. I'm not sure about 'the crew escaped serious injury though' as my father in law broke his leg-compound fracture and was taken off front line duties. This led to complications with his leg in the future ultimately resulting in amputation.

    He had already been involved in another well documented accident on oct 27-28th 1939. Whitley III K8984 which was abandoned over France due to Ice. He failed to hear the 'bail out' order and was in the turret when the plane went down.

    He also had a crash in the Middle East before this but we have no details.

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    Ross & Janette,

    Thanks for clarification of the precise location - appreciated. Janette's father-in-law had some hair-raising moments in his RAF service - glad he survived them.

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    Default Stirling Shot Down by Southampton A.A. 18 August 1940

    Stirling Shot Down by Southampton A.A. 18 August 1940

    Extract from WO 166/2158 5th A.A. Div. File (Signal from Reading to Anti Aircraft Corps dated 23 VIII 40) confirming their 18/8/40 engagement.



    Extract from ADM 202/155 B Battery Royal Marines Bishopstoke & Winslowe, Southampton, War Diary August 1940


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    Mark,

    Re your post 17, this from Wings over Wiltshire:

    The RAF's first four-engined bomber of WW2 was the Stirling, and on 22 April 1940 L7605, the second prototype, was delivered to Boscombe Downm for trials which continued until 19 August. This aircraft was joined on 21 May by the first production model, N3615, arriving for performance trials, and on 30th by N3637 for the preparation of pilots' notes.

    None appear to have been near Southampton on the day in question - by which I mean none met with a sticky end.

    Brian

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    Thanks Mark

    We have two different incidents intertwined, methinks?

    18 August Stirling shot down by Southampton AA and crashed at U5576 (unsolved but recorded)

    29 September Stirling N7640 shot down by Manx AA (solved and recorded)

    Interesting!

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    Thanks for replies.

    18/8/1940 A.A. incident originally posted for information. We'll probably only ever discover more, if a Pilot's Log Book turns up.

    The Bishopstoke, Southampton Royal Marines 'B' battery claimed an FW Condor 18/8/1940, but it was confirmed back 5 days later as a Stirling, which the Battery recorded in their monthly War Diary on the 18th.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 16th June 2015 at 20:12.

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