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    Default Loss of two Spitfires 9 April 1943

    Fighter Sector HQ Wick ORB (AIR 28/917) for 9 April 1943, refers to two Spitfires crashing on training flights at Castletown, both pilots OK. Does anyone have further details please?

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    Hello,

    Two possibilities (and no more than that), both No.131 Sqn. Firstly, Spitfire Vb AD238 was involved in an accident and sustained "AC" damage, 9/4/1943, repaired on squadron. NFD. The other was, Spitfire Vb BM195. History a bit vague here, mentions repaired on squadron 9/4/1943. Might be worth a look in the 131 Sqn ORB.

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    Many thanks Col. I think that's another two cleared up.

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    A bit more for you,

    AD238 131 Sqn Castletown 1230 hrs. Cat Ac. Deck landing practice. Heavy landings in succession caused u/c failure. F/O J C L Henning 411494 (Aus).

    BM195 Vb 131 Sqn Castletown 1115 hrs. Cat Ac. Deck landing practice. U/c collapsed due to previous heavy landings. W/O A V N Ede 4053021 (Aus).

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    Ian,

    Thanks for those two names. Small point. The RAAF service number of W/O Alfred Vincent Noel EDE RAAF, was AUS405302, not 4053021. On repatriation to Australia, in 1943, both Ede and AUS411494 F/O John Cedric Lester HENNING RAAF, served on No.457 Sqn RAAF. Both survived the war,

    Interestingly, Ede and Henning were both attached (loaned) to RNAS Macrihanish (9-4-43 to 17-4-43), for test and ferry flying duties. Henning being i/c. of the Test Flight.

    Col.
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    Hello Col,

    Many thanks for the correction, I have amended my notes.

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    Ian

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