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    Default Mustang AG386, 268sqn, crashed 10/04/43

    Hi all,

    I am seeking the crash details and pilot name of Mustang AG386 of 268 SQN which crashed on 10/04/1943near Bargrennan in Scotland.

    Any help would be welcome.

    Many thanks,

    Jim Corbett
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    Hi Jim,
    Pilot was F/O J.R Howard who is commemorated at Perry Bar Crematorium in Birmingham. All I have is crashed 3 miles North of Bargrennan. Flew into hill in bad weather, never did manage to find this one. AG386 was one of a few Mustangs converted for the Target Tug role.

    Alan.

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    Hi Jim,

    From the Henk Welting archive:

    AG 386 Mustang I 268 sqn 8-4-1943
    Odiham/Hampshire Training - low level navex exercise
    Crashed into a hill due to bad weather - crash 3 mijl N of Bagrennan (Court of Inquiry found ‘pilot error’ with contributing causes)
    F/O(P) HOWARD, John R. - 115262 - RAF - UK6859
    Regards,

    Bas Maathuis

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    Many thanks to you both for the info. Much appreciated.

    Jim
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    Hi Jim,

    Information Bas posted comes from result of correspondence between Henk and myself way back in 2004. F/O Howard was a fairly experienced operational pilot, having joined 268 in mid March 1942 and flown quite a number of operational sorties between then and his death in April 1943.

    Regards,
    Colin Ford
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    No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force 1940-1946
    Historian by Appointment
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    Hi Col,

    I would be interested in anything you have on this guy? I'm quite keen to research this one further.

    Jim
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    I had a note from Air 29/544 (1 AOS, Wigtown ORB) of a wrecked a/c and dead pilot being found in the hills above Bargrennan (... that name again!!) on 9 April 1943. Another researcher (Harry Jamieson) had linked this to Mustang AG368 (sic) of ? 268 Sqn Ayr.

    There was also a rumour of a WWI a/c being found in the search for 'a missing Mustang' in the hills 'near Prestwick' in 1943 (I have this attributed to Peter J Moran of 'Aviation Archaeologist' journal).
    So keep your eyes peeled Jim!

    Keith

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    I'll keep my eyes peeled Keith. Do you have any Mustang's near Prestwick or would this one be the nearest?

    Jim
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    Hi Jim - yes, this one is the nearest.

    Keith

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