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    Default Colin Roy Hewlett DFC. Spitfire AD115 12/12/1942

    I am looking for more information on the accident that claim the life of C R Hewlett DFC.

    I have recently requested the form 1180 for this aircraft and the accident but its one of the Spitfire forms that they dont have and has gone missing.

    Reading between the lines it seem that AD115 was involved in an accident at Drem airfield while with 222 Squadron. It was left at Drem for repair and once complete on the 12/12/1942 C R Hewlett took the aircraft up for a test flight. I am assuming this was because of his seniority and probably being the most experiance Spitfire pilot at the station at the time. According to online sources the engine exploded causing him to bale out either that or he was blown out by the explosion. In any event online sources say that his neck was broken due to a parachute malfunction or other event that saw his bale out.

    Can anyone provide any more information on this story. Either of Colin himself or of Spitfire AD115.

    There are photos of Colin online should you wish to look for them. I always find it gives you a sense of achievment when you find a picture of the person you are researching. So nice to see some photos online already.
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    AD115 lost Dec 12, 1942 with 222 sqdn but I do not have the pilot involved - 3:50 spent at the National achieve online will get you the ORB 541 forms for December.

    The earlier accident was thus,

    August 21, 1942 AD115 Vb 222 Sqn Drem 1050 hrs. Cat Ac. Formation training. Force landed at base after engine failed at 10,000 ft. Sgt L.J.Mansell 403924 (Aus).

    Note the engine failure coincidence and the long break between the above incident and ultimate loss.

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    Ian

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    Ian,

    For Sgt L J Mansell 403924 (Aus.), read: AUS403924 P/O Lionel James HANSELL RAAF, of No.453 Sqn RAAF (Medically Boarded 27-9-1944 - survived war - + 20-11-1977).

    There is no indication in Hansell's A9300 at the NAA, of an attachment/posting to No.222 Sqn RAF!!!

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=5260595

    No.453 Sqn RAAF was at Drem at the time of the incident involving AD115 (21-8-1942). Nos.222 & 242 Sqns., were part of the same Wing.

    From the No.453 Sqn RAAF ORB, August 1942 - (F.540), p.406 of 412:

    "There has been a great shortage of serviceable aircraft owing to the loan to No.222 Squadron."

    Probably related to "Jubilee". Might help explain it!

    Col.
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    Hello Col,

    Many thanks for the correction that is duly noted. My info came from some notes passed to me from the late Henry Boot.

    Easy to see his misreading of Mansell / Hansell, at least Henry got the initials and service No correct !

    It could I suppose have been a case of Hansell using the 222 sqdn machine as 222/453 sqdns both at Drem on Aug 21, 1942 ?

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    National Archives has an accident report for AD115 in Avia 5/21 report number is W1391. The aircraft crashed near Athelstaneford.

    Alan.

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    I think it seems likely that all 3 squadrons were using aircraft from wherever they could borrow one from.

    Having been in a previous accident with 222 Squadron I think I remember seeing that 222 Sqn left Drem in October 1942 and it would appear that AD115 was left behind while being repaired and on the 12/12/1942 Colin Hewlett DFC from 65 Sqn took AD115 up for a test flight and just as before suffered an engine failure. It would seem that 65 Sqn were probably about to take on AD115 to their fleet. Hence all official paperwork pointing to AD115 being with 222 Sqn.

    Thanks Alan I will try and check it out. Requested a record quote recently and came back with the usual cannot be copied due to being part of a larger record. This inspite of asking for all pages in the record to be copied.
    Regards Scott McIntosh

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