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Thread: Hurricane L1668 253 Sqn loss April 26, 1940 - Sgt James Alexander Anderson Correct?

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    Default Hurricane L1668 253 Sqn loss April 26, 1940 - Sgt James Alexander Anderson Correct?

    This is said to have been lost at Rickmansworth Sgt James Alexander 'Andy' Anderson #535829. However according to this post

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?11454-J.A.Anderson-253-Sq-Photo suggests he did not arrive at 253 Sqn until June 1940 so could the pilot of L1668 actually be F/L A. J. Anderson who was attached to (detached) to B Flight 253 Squadron - This is I think F/L Albert John Gordon Anderson RAFO ((Hon.Sqdn Ldr) so have we the right Anderson for Hurricane L1668 253 Squadron

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    Default Flt Lt Anderson 253Squadron

    Hi Paul

    I believe B Flight's Flt Lt Anderson was Harry J.T. - killed in action 19 May 1940.

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    Hi Gents,

    The F1180 lists pilot as

    Sgt J A Anderson 535820

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    Ross
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    Ross thanks - The reference to him arriving at 253 Sqn in "June 1940" must be wrong then

    Paul

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    Hi all,
    This is flight sergeant John Anthony Anderson.
    He joined 253 in early spring 1940 and was ferrying the aircraft when the engine blew up near Rickmansworth. He sustained serious injuries to his head and face and was admitted to the RAF hospital at Uxbridge. He returned to 253 in September 40.
    On August 5th 1940 he was flying a Battle to be used as target practice. The engine caught fire.
    He was carrying an airman as a passenger. This passenger (Des Ricks)was too scared to bail out. Flight sergeant Anderson climbed out of the cockpit and tried to coax the airman to jump. He was blown off the fuselage by the slipstream and parachuted to safety with minor burns.
    His passenger pulled his ripcord whilst still in the aircraft and was snatched out by the opening parachute, breaking his leg on the mainplane.
    Both were treated at Newcastle infirmary.
    He suffered severe burns after being shot down by 109's on September 14th 1940 and became a member of the guinea pig club.
    Sadly he died of cancer in 1978
    Gerry

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