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    Back in 2006 someone very kindly sent me a comprehensive list of aircraft used by the High Altitude Flight at Boscombe Down, and those used subsequently by the Met Research Flight. Unfortunately I've mislaid the person's name, but if it was someone from RAFCommands I'd be grateful if they could PM me.

    (The file was - AIRCRAFT USED BY THE HIGH ALTITUDE FLIGHT (HAF) Dec 1940- Sep 1944, METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH FLIGHT (MRF) from 18 Aug 1946 AND THE FACILITY FOR AIRBORNE ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTS (FAAM) )

    In the meantime the list includes four Bostons - W8291, AL480, AL481 and BZ315 - of which the first three were in use in 1943. I believe one of these might have crashed that year, and would be grateful for any advice as to which one as there is no indication from the list of such an incident.

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    Hi Brian,

    Of your list W8291, flown by P/O K H A Williams, 114437 crashed 1 mile north of Bride Church, Isle of Man on 28th July 1942.

    Unit is listed as A and AEE and flight was training.

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    Thank you Ross - does the F1180 indicate if the aircraft was destroyed? My source has it being on the unit strength until 1943? I see Williams survived the accident.

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    Hi Brian,

    Cat E for airframe, Cat B for engines.

    So bits flew again but not the complete aircraft.

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    Brian:

    Could your contact have been Tim Mason?

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    Robert

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    Ross,
    Thanks the copy of the F1180, and your further advice.

    Robert
    Thanks for the suggestion, but it was so long ago the name's not ringing any bells.

    Brian

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    Hi Brian,

    Looks like a few problems with your listed aircraft.

    Tim Mason in The Secret Years suggests the main use of W8291 was bombing trials for underwing stores before it was detached to West Freugh. This would fit with the flight time and loss on the Isle of Man.

    Also in The Secret Years is noted that AL481 joined the HAF in Sept 1942.

    A mention is given of five unlisted MkIIIa with the HAF in 1943/44.

    "BZ362 had a brief existence as it crashed at Worthy Down after a Met flight on 19 Oct 1943 when the pilot followed the wrong railway line in bad weather, and BZ384 was parked and destroyed by a Wildcat attempting to take off. BZ315 and BZ320 had more productive lives, flying on met research, while the work of BZ311 is unknown. BZ274 was used by Porton from June 1945."

    Looking at these serials BZ384 was w/o 16/3/45, BZ362 as below and the others all SOC post war.

    F1180 card for the Cat B accident to BZ362 is winging it's way to you by email but for the interest of others the highlights are:

    Unit given as AAEE, pilot Camps M L (sic), F/O 102295.

    17:00 Met research.
    Landing struck ridge port oleo torn off.

    Stn CO - Pilot followed the wrong railway line in bad vis and made a heavy landing at the wrong airfield.

    The pilot was later killed flying a Mosquito but CWGC seem to have the wrong trade against him as F/O T G Thomas was doing this role.

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2650957/CAMPS,%20HUBERT%20JOHN

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2350875/THOMAS,%20THOMAS%20GLANVILLE

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    My thanks again Ross. There's an email on its way.

    Brian

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