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    Default Coastal Command loss 10th May 1942

    I am researching Aircraftman Alexander Kidd (service no. 1371105) navigator (I believe) on board a plane lost off the coast of Stranraer on 10th May 1942. Any infomation on his squadron, where based, type of aircraft and circumstances of the crash would be much appreciated.

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    Hi,

    London II of No.4 OTU, K9683

    F/Sgt K E Selden
    P/O R Van Ingen
    P/O R Edwards
    AC1 J H Kelso
    AC1 A Kidd

    Dived into sea while circling trawler 6 miles north west of Portpatrick, Wigtownshire.
    Cause unknown.

    Unit ORB states that Kidd was FME (Flight Mechanic, Engines)

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    Many thanks for the prompt and comprehensive reply, Ross! Would I be correct in my interpretation of the Coastal Command part of the website that 4 OTU squadron was mainly based in Cromarty and this plane was part of the detachment sent to Stranraer on 28th February of that year?

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    Yes that is correct.

    The aircraft was operating under Coastal Command control as part of the detachment based at Stranraer.

    The Form 1180 gives the time of accident as 16:25 hrs and states that the duration of the Dual Instruction flight was 1 hour 25 mins.

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    I believe the Saro London was a pretty obsolete plane by that stage in the war - presumably only being used for training purposes?

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