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Thread: Beaufort L4515, 5(C) OTU, crashed near the Shetland Is., 18/6/42.

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    Default Beaufort L4515, 5(C) OTU, crashed near the Shetland Is., 18/6/42.

    Sgt Howard Roy Fidgin RAFVR was lost in this aircraft. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Does anyone know if there were others aboard who survived, or was Sgt Fidgin flying alone ?

    Thanks in advance,

    Ray.

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    He was the only casualty of the local flying practice.

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    Thanks Ross,

    Do you know where the flight originated ?

    5(C)OTU seems to have been based at RAF Turnberry at that time, and Turnberry is a long way from the Shetland Is.

    Ray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelsonefive View Post
    Thanks Ross,

    Do you know where the flight originated ?

    5(C)OTU seems to have been based at RAF Turnberry at that time, and Turnberry is a long way from the Shetland Is.

    Ray.
    My info (F1180 'crash card' and from researcher Doug Sim) is that this a/c FTR from a local flight and that a 'Government transport' (not sure if this means a ship or a/c) saw a Beaufort crash in the sea 33 mins after L4515's take-off time. Where did your information on the Shetlands come from?

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    Hi Keith,

    My information comes from www.rafweb.org Casualties 16-18 June 1942.

    " ... crashed during an attempted forced landing at Tingwell* in the Shetland Isles. "

    * Should be Tingwall IMO.

    Ray.

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    Hello,

    No.42 Sqn Beaufort I L4514 crashed in a forced landing at Tingwall, Shetlands, on 20th March, 1942.

    Col.

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    Hi All

    I inadvertantly looked on the wrong line and attributed L4514's fate to L4515 but then found confirmation of Fidgin being in L4515 at Tingwall from here http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=16098

    This is obviously incorrect.

    All the best

    Malcolm

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    Thank you, Col and Malcolm.

    So, while there was a fatal Beaufort crash at (or near) Tingwall in 1942, it was L4514 on the 20th of March and not L4515 on the 18th of June.

    Keith, is there anything at all in the F1180 which would indicate where Sgt Fidgin took off from ?

    I would like to correct the entry (mine BTW) in the ASN Wikibase if I can.

    TIA,
    Ray.

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