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    Hello
    Ií am interesting in 79 squadron history and I know that Roland Beamont was part of this squadron during the second half of 1941. Apparently, during this period, he transport a WAAF in his Hurricane and was admonished for this action.
    Do you know if he relates this episode and his passage with the 79 squadron in one of his books?
    Sorry for my bad English.
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    Polo

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    Hello

    This anecdote is told in "against the sun" ("contre le son" in French). ASO Shirley ADAMS had been invited to a "dance" in Pembrey, her previous station. Road and train trip would have been long and difficult. "Bea" offered to fly her to Pembrey, in a Tiger Moth, but the day of the dance, the Squadron Tiger Moth was not available, so "Bea" decided to use a Hurricane for the flight, as had been done previously to transport pilots.

    So Shirley sitted in the Hurricane seat, he sitted on top of her so he could fly the Hurricane for the 15 minutes trip.

    Problem came from the "crew" was seen by an officer on the other station, and the disciplin at Pembrey was stronger. He reported the case.

    The flight was on 19th September 1941, and "Bea" was called in front of a court-martial in December, but he had by then ended his first tour, had been seconded to Hawkers, so he was given a tap on the finger, "don't do it again", he lost 3 months of seniority and that was the end of it.

    Joss

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    Hello
    Thank a lot for this information. Merci.
    I have another question.
    Does anybody know if there is some record about his passage with the 79 Squadron in the various book written by Roland Beamont?

    Polo

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    Gents,

    Are you referring to 102127 Plt Off Roland Beaumont (KIA 26 May 42), or another man of the same name?

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Hello Steve

    No, definitively Roland Prosper "Bea" Beamont, who flew with 87, 79, 609 then in 1944 led the first Tempest Wing. shot down and PoW later in 1944. Famous test pilot postwar, flew the Canberra, P1 and TSR2.

    Polo, perhaps, but I have no time to check the books he wrote, as he published a couple.

    Joss

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    Thanks Joss
    Steve
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