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    Default Collision over Hadston/Red Row (Acklington)

    Hi I am trying to Identify the 2 a/c that were involved in this mid-air collision.
    I have eye-witnesses who can identify the crash sites but not the a/c or date.

    It is believed 1 was a defiant.....

    1st a/c crashed in the 'Commrades Club' field, Hadston.
    2nd a/c crashed in the 'Welfare' field, Red Row.

    Any info would be greatful.

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    A date might be useful
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    You have a point, but I am having difficulties finding a date,

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    What about Hurricanes L1734 (Sgt Edwin Mullinger) and L2086 (Sgt Henry Steeley) that collided near RAF Acklington on 18 January 1940?

    Both pilots were killed.

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    Leendert

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    In FCL (revised edition) it's Hurricane L1734 for Sgt H.J. Steeley and Hurricane L2066 for Sgt E.G.P. Mullinger, both 43 Squadron. 'Collided over convoy patrol'.

    Crashed both over Broomhill, Northants - no idea if that's near Acklington.

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    Bart

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    Hi Bart,
    Mullinger and Steeley, both of 43 Squadron based at Acklington, were on combat practice when they collided over Longhoughton Northumberland. Another two contenders were F/O C.H. Bacon and Sgt H.R. Clarke, both of 610 Squadron based at Acklington. They were carrying out practice head-on attacks when they collided over Alnmouth, Northumberland, September 30, 1940. However, Chris is specific in that his two aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Red Row some 10 and 6 miles south of the other two crash sites so, doubtful if its either of those.

    Best Wishes.
    Robert.

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    Hello Robert (and Chris),

    Well, I was merely adding to what Leendert suggested. But... if there is a eyewitness, surely he or she can tell if it was circa whatever year?

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    Bart

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    Hi All
    It would appear that FCL might have the wrong pilots for the crash near Broomhill as the deaths of both Mullinger and Steeley are registered in Northumberland Central which covers a large area from Newcastle -on- Tyne and up to Acklington. Their deaths are in the 1st Qtr of 1940. Northants is a long way south. The source that I use doesn't give access to date ,cause or location of death
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    Should be near Broomhill, Northumberland and NOT Northants FCL has the wrong County but correct Pilots

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    Should be near Broomhill, Northumberland and NOT Northants FCL has the wrong County but correct Pilots
    Mullinger and Steeley collided near Longhoughton, this is on the Northumberland coast due east of Alnwick, Northumberland. Broomhill is 10 miles south. Mullinger is buried in Chevingtom Cemetery, 1 mile SE of RAF Acklington and roughly 1 mile NW of Broomhill. For some reason he is not part of the CWGC plot but he has a CWGC headstone.

    Best Wishes.
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