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    Default LAC Ernest Francis Bennett - killed 28/12/38

    Can anyone provide details as to the death of LAC Ernest Francis Bennett on 28/12/38?

    Many thanks,

    Jim
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    See

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1939/1939%20-%200022.html

    No doubt someone will be along soon with the serial...

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    de Havilland Tiger Moth II N5449 12 ERFTS

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    Jim

    The were two good reports in The Times on 29 and 30 December.

    The first was a request for help in tracing the aircraft which had disappeared en route from Abbotsinch to Prestwick. Bennett (Service number 565744) had taken off at 1115 am. Unusually it also quotes the aircraft number and describes it as being yellow.

    The second report describes the search for Bennett in some detail, and records his body, and aircraft wreckage, as being found on a hillside near Dungavel in Lanarkshire. It also describes the weather at the time of Bennett's departure as being "not good, there being much mist and fog.".

    Seems like he was way off course.

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    Many thanks for the replies everyone.

    It appears that the aircraft crashed on a hill called Auchingilloch, a relatively small hill but also the seen of a Beaufighter crash a few years later.

    Thanks again,

    Jim
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    Jim,

    Not a small hill, it is over 1500 ft high and just northwest of an even higher summit. There are numerous peaks over 1200 ft in the immediate area. To get some idea of the terrain go to http://www.streetmap.co.uk/ and paste Auchingilloch in the search box. The centre of the display is actually a cairn at Harting Rig, but if you drag the display to the northwest you'll find Auchingilloch about 1 km to the southeast. There is a zoom facility.

    Brian

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    Thanks Brian,

    I've not used http://www.streetmap.co.uk before, very useful. I misread the height from the source I was looking.

    Many thanks,

    Jim
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