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    Default ANSON K8708 Nr Lewes 17.1.39

    Hi All,

    Can anyone provide details of crew for this one please, also fates of crew.

    I understand it was on a Naval Co-Op when it flew into Kingstone Ridge Nr Lewes,Sussex, aircraft was from SGR at Thorney Island.

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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    Hi Dave

    These are the accidents reported in Flight magazine for that date:

    THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents:

    F / O . Alexander Charles Douglas (pilot) and Sgt. John James Cooper lost their lives in an accident which occurred near Arundel, Sussex, on January 14, to an aircraft of No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron, Tangmere, Sussex.

    Sgt. Llewellyn Roy Griffiths (flying solo) lost his life in an accident which occurred at Alton, Hampshire, on January 17, to an aircraft of No. i n (Fighter) Squadron, Northolt, Middlesex.

    A.P/O. Donald James Catt (flying solo) and a civilian, Miss Ella Coomber, lost their lives when an aircraft of No. 3 (Fighter) Squadron, Kenley, Surrey, struck a private house at Crowborough, Sussex, on January 17. Mrs. H. Smyley was injured.

    F/O. Ernest Ronald Henshaw Coombes (pilot) and L.A/C. Alban Dennis Mabbett lost their lives as the result of an accident which occurred at Ystradgynlais. Wales, on January 17, to an aircraft of No. 9 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, Ansty, Coventry. Mr. Leslie Arnold Priscott (wireless operator) and L.A/C. John Murdo Macleod Macdonald, the other two occupants, were not injured.

    F/O Geoffrey Beavis lost his life and A.V.-M. Henry Meyrick Cave-Browne-Cave, C.B., D.S.O., D.F.C. (pilot) was seriously injured in an accident which occurred at Butley, Suffolk, on January
    17, to an aircraft from the Royal Air Force Station, Eastchurch, Kent

    http://www.flightglobal.com/PDFArchive/View/1939/1939%20-%200213.html

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    Default ANSON K8708 Nr Lewes 17.1.39

    Thanks Amrit,

    Looks like I`m still stuck with this one, as the accident nearest appears to be Arundel a few miles west, and in any case fighter aircraft.

    I was grateful however that in your list were Coombes, Mabbett, McDonald & Priscott of 9 ERFTS at Ansty, and could add them to Anson L9149 which crashed in Wales on that same date.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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