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    Default Air Crash at or around Stornoway 1943

    Hi All

    Does anyone know of an incident the took place at or near Stornoway on 25 April 1943, I have an RAF Policeman injured, apparantly in an air accident, being admitted to Stornoway Naval Hospital on that day. He suffered severe chest injuries, was later moved to a hospital in Lincoln wher ehe was invalided out of the RAF and died in October 1943.

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    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    Can't locate any likely contenders here:

    http://www.rafastornoway.org.uk/5.html

    Col.

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    I have checked a 'date sorted' version of the AB serials and can find no contenders.

    Some early thoughts:

    a. It was not an RAF aircraft but perhaps an RN aircraft
    b. The aircraft was not written off, possibly man was struck by a propeller for example.

    Perhaps the Stornoway Form 540 has a mention?

    Colin Cummings

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    Malcolm

    Do you have a name ? Assume Ronald Hunt aged 39?

    Can't find an incident either

    Paul
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 17th January 2013 at 09:33.

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    Thanks Colin

    Paul
    It was indeed Ronald Hunt, I wondered if he could have 'hitched' a ride on a USAAF aircraft transiting through?

    He was serving with 70 (Signals) Wing at the time

    Malcolm

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    Born on 31 December 1903, he enlisted on 15 August 1941 and was based near Manchester before being posted to RAF Stornoway. He served as a Military Policeman and suffered a chest injury in what his family believes was an air crash. The flight was believed to have been from Stornoway to Penrith during the summer of 1943. He and others aboard were hospitalised at RAF Kinloss. He was formally discharged on 12 August 1943 and died of cancer ‘caused by the wound’ in hospital in Lincoln. His service number was 1512105. His granddaughter Sally Paul was in touch with Stornoway Historical Society in June 2005. He is not in casualty records or CWGC records.

    I have been unable to identify an aircraft incident that the family refer to but I did not have a date at the time. Even then, I scoured 1943 with no result.

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    Malcolm Macdonald

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    Malcolm,

    Just a thought, but is it possible his service record holds a clue to the incident? His granddaughter should not experience any difficulty in obtaining the document.

    Brian

    Edit: Would an MP be serving "with 70 (Signals) Wing"? I'd have imagined MPs had their own sections.
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    His family have his service records and I have seen copies. He was posted to No 70 (Signals) Wing, not Stornoway as a RAF Policeman

    There were about four radar stations on the island so he was probably at one of those.

    Malcolm

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