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    Default RAE Farnborough Met Flight? Gladiator Loss 1940/1941?

    I have recently read an article on RAE Caterpillars from Aeroplane Monthly in Jan 1994

    In it says that Lt K J Robertson escaped from a Gloster Gladiator believed to have belonged to the RAE Meterological Flight and to have taken off to patrol Farnborough airfield accompanied by a Spitfire and Hurricane in an armed patrol organised as a result of bombing attack on August 16th 1940


    Can anybody date this incident and ID the Gladiator? - It is outside my normal level of study but in raised my interest.

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    Paul

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    Update - Found date it was 9th June 1943 - So much later than I thought! which makes it K7946 which crashed at Minley Manor, West Heath, Yateley, Hants

    For reference this was on Henk's unaccounted this for this date

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?8689-430609-Unaccounted-airwoman-and-airmen-9-6-1943

    Paul
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    Hi Paul,

    I was going to let you stew in it for a while. The article is a two-parter. There is an Honour Board for RAE Caterpillars, with names and dates, on page 19 of the February, 1994 edition of Aeroplane Monthly.

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    Col

    I saw the board later I was only interested in pre WW2 so did not read second article till much later it is then when I saw the date!

    Best wishes


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    Just to clarfy matters gentlemen there never was a Met Flight at Farnborough, before, during or after the war. Meteorological research was carried out during the war using aircraft of the High Altitude Flight, but that did not include Gladiators (at least, not on the list I have). A Meteorological Research Flight was formed at Farnborough after the war, evolving from the work done with the HAF.

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    BTW Found out today that Board is on display at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust

    http://www.airsciences.org.uk/

    Lyffe thanks for clarification, though that was in original article.

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    I suspected that was the case, Paul, and sought merely to correct the statement in respect of the Met Flight in case it was picked up out of context .

    K7946 was being operated by the Director of Technical Development (DTD) at the time of its demise. Its history is at

    http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_raf_65.htm , followed by http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_raf_615.htm

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