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    Default Spitfire Collision 3rd April 1942 133 Sqn Lincs P8438 and P8595

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    Trying to sort out the Wheat from the Chaff on this one

    On 3rd April 1942 two Spitfire IIa's collided over Epworth Lincs. The pilot of one (believed to be in P8438) was P/O Samuell Fisk Whedon #101462 an American in RAF he is buried Kirton-in-Lindsey, North Lincolnshire. The other pilot who was flying P8595 is unknown to me at present. Has anyone got the ORB? or could put what pilot in what aircraft - t is states Whedon baled out Ok but 'fell over on ground' - probably what it means is left aircrfat but parachute failed or too low would like clarification of full details

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    Since posting this it appears that Whedon did bale out and his parachute failed to open. The other pilot is quoted as 'William Arrand' who died later in the War. Can anyone ID him fully? - Found it P/O William Albert Arends KIA Sweep- St. Omer 20 June 1942
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    Hi Paul, CWGC has no record about such a RAF/RAF VR member!
    there is only following driver:

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/67369/ARRAND,%20WILLIAM

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    Paul,

    112280 P/O (Pilot) William Albert ARENDS RAFVR (of Tulare, California)
    +20-6-1942. No.133 (Eagle) Sqn. Spitfire Vb EP168 FCL2/41.

    Col.
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    Well that is much better:-) killed 20.6.1942 according to the CWGC:
    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280426/ARENDS,%20WILLIAM%20ALBERT
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    Thanks Guys

    ID's EP168 was a bonus!

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    Hi all,

    RAFweb 'RAF Casualties for 1942' puts P/O S.F. Whedon in P8595.

    a15.

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    anglesonefive

    the info is a bit confusing on this some sources say Whedon in P8595 and Arends in P8438, others Whedon in P8438 and Arends in P8595

    I am hoping that the ORB (if anyone has it) will confirm

    Thanks

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    Paul,

    Thank you for sharing information on this one. The name of Whedon's compatriot was unknown to me until now. Incidentally, the author, Philip D. Caine in "Eagles of the RAF"(1991) cites the memoirs of George B. Sperry, another 133 Squadron pilot, who says Whedon successfully deployed his chute and waved that he was ok. On return to Kirton-in-Lindsey they learned that Whedon had been killed on landing.

    Thanks again,
    Dave.

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    Hi There,

    Having studying the Eagle Squadrons for my publications, I can say that the accident cards gave the following information:

    P/O Samuel Whedon was flying P8438
    P/O William Arends P8595

    The ORB is not very reliable in many ways.
    HTH

    Phil

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