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    Default Harrow K6965 October 6, 1938 215 Sqn Crew details sought

    Final one for today!

    Harrow K6965 crashed October 6, 1938. It was struck by lightning on night exercise; abandoned and crashed at Sowtens Wood, Udimore, near Rye, Sussex.

    Crew of 5 baled-out OK - Any ID who they were?

    Many thanks

    Paul McMillan

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    Hi Paul,
    Try http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1938/1938%20-%202828.html

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    Default Harrow K6965 October 6th, 1938 215 Sqn Crew details sought

    Hello,
    So if they all baled then is the "Flight" entery

    "With reference to the disappearance on October 6 of an aircraft
    of No. 215 (Bomber) Squadron, Honington, Bury St. Edmunds, the
    Air Ministry announces with regret that as investigations have failed
    to find the aircraft and the occupants it must now be accepted that
    the following R.A.F. personnel lost their lives on that date: F / 0.
    Douglas Aubrey Hamilton, P / O . Roland Noah Haynes (pilot), P / O.
    Thomas Ian Stewart Munro, A/C.i Trevor Prowse, and L.A/C.
    Charles Selby Lodge."

    for a second 215 Sqn a/c that went missing on the 6th ?
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    Hello,

    The other No.215 Sqn Harrow lost on 6-10-1938, was K6971 - Missing in storm over English Channel.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th August 2012 at 03:44.

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    Default Harrow K6965 October 6th, 1938 215 Sqn Crew details sought

    Hello Col,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I guess that the crew named in "Flight" was that from K6971 ?
    So crew of K6965 still sought.
    Alex

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    Thanks all

    Should hve been a bit clearer.. Yes two 215 Sqn Harrows lost same day, one over English Channel (K6971)with the loss of all crew as named. It is the other one (K6965) I want as crew survived

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    I strongly suspect crew for Harrow K6965 was as follows

    Sgt G Baker
    F/Sgt R Williams
    Sgt W. Downey
    LAC T Ridley
    AC1 W Miles

    However I lack proof can anyone put and of these individuals on 215 Sqn at the time

    Many thanks

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    Paul,

    I'm copying this, without comment, from The Times for 7 October:

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    TWO BOMBERS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

    10 ESCAPES BY PARACHUTE

    Two RAF aeroplanes were struck by lightning yesterday, one over the English Channel and one over Yorkshire. In each case the crew of five had to abandon their machine, and all 10 men made parachute descents in safety.

    One of the machines, a Harrow heavy bomber, took fire after being struck by lightning over the Channel. The pilot succeeded in gliding to land and the machine crashed at Udimore, near Rye, after the crew escaped by parachute.

    The other aeroplane had been engaged on night-flying exercises over Yorkshire. It was put out of action by lightning and the crew decided to abandon it by parachute. The machine came to earth near Kirk Smeaton, Pontefract.

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    There was a third accident that day. Also from The Times:

    THREE AIRMEN KILLED

    The three occupants of an RAF Aeroplane were killed yesterday when the mahine crashed at Plinlimmon, Montgomershire. They were Pilot Officer A L MacEwen, Cpl F James, and AC1 K A Clarl. The machine belonged to No 226 (Bomber) Squadron, Harwell.

    Brian

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    Hello,

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?1829-Fate-crew-Harrow-K6971-6th-Oct-1938

    Col.

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