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    Hello All,

    If I am not wrong Whirlwind P7116 had a Cat.B accident on 26 or 28 March 1943 while serving with SF Colerne.

    If so, does anyone know more about this accident and who was the pilot?

    Many thanks

    Phil

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    Phil,
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/laurieburley/jeff/orb.html

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    Hi Alan, it is a great source - I have checked it also but I was not able to find any mention of this plane in March 1943 possibly as it was already with SF Colerne?

    Pavel
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    This Whirlwind was flying with SF Colerne since December 42.

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    Phil

    I have nothing on any incident to the aircraft on this date, but there may have been no incident at all.

    Colerne reported the aircraft Cat B on 25/03/43 and it was reported at Westland CRO at Ilchester the following day (implying it was flyable?). It was recategorised E1 on 22/04/43 and formally struck off charge on May 1st. I'm aware of two primary sources that state that it was recategorised because of "corrosion".

    So it's possible it did have some minor incident at Colerne and the corrosion was discovered at Ilchester in the course of repair. Or, and I think more likely, the corrosion was discovered at Colerne and the aircraft sent to Westland who subsequently decided it was beyond saving.

    All the best
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    Hi Niall,

    Very interesting point.

    Thanks

    Phil

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