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    A couple of years ago, I posted this thread http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?7406-Wapiti-Crashes-in-the-NWFP-30s - inquring about a Wapiti that crashed on 4th September 1933 . Its identity remained unresolved at that time and no entry from either J serials or K serials matched with the accident. The crash on 4 Sept 33 is the first fatal air crash of the newly formed Indian Air Force.

    Part of the project i am working on I think I nailed down the identity of the Wapiti which could be J9486

    It appears in the logbook of a pilot from April 33 till Sept 33 and does not appear after the date.

    But J serials has a different record:

    "PD Ascot, Docks 22.4.29 for shipment to SS Hatimura, AD Drigh Road 3.5.29, AOC's aircraft 11.30, 28 Sqn .33, 20 Sqn, AHQ Hinaldi 2.38, Stn Flight Risalpur, Crashed 8.39"

    Hinaldi is in Iraq, I find it a bit difficult to swallow the aircraft shuttled between India and Iraq and back to India again.

    There is one picture of the aircraft http://www.nvva.nl/renekrul/catalogs/westland.wapiti.iia.j9486.jpg that purports to be from 28 Sqn, and apparently a couple of the pics are there in IWM Collections from its time as the AOC;s aircraft.

    I believe at this stage that J series may have got it wrong and perhaps transcribed a different aircraft under J9486's entry. I wanted to check if anyone has the details of the so called crash from 8.39?

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    Jagan

    Had a look in my files can't find Wapiti crash in 8/39

    Paul

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    Thanks Paul. I will put it down as a transcribing error in the case of J series.

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    Paul,

    Working down my Wapiti project, I found a similar entry for J9496

    TOC RAF in 11-4-1929. AD Drigh Road 24-5-1929. HQ Flt New Delhi (1933), HQ Flt AP Lahore (1934), Stn Flt Risalpur (1939), Damaged while landing Parachinar 18-8-1939

    It is likely that the authors confused the Form 1180 for J9496 and added the information to J9486!

    So 9496 was repaired after wards and used by No.1 Indian AA C Flight till its write off in a taxying accident in May 1942.

    And J9486 had its sad end earlier in September 1933

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