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    I have been researching the loss of a Fairey Battle in June 1941, Serial P6630 which I have just discovered was actually the Polish pilot's service number and had no relationship to the aircraft. Can anyone please help with details of this crash which occurred at Grange Farm , Hockerton , Notts. and was actually a training accident which occurred on 24th June 1941. Many thanks

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    The Air Britain Battle File has the serial as P6630. The final entry is as follows:

    16(P)FTS 15.6.41. Stalled in practice forced landing, Grange Farm, Hockenton, Newark, Notts, 24.6.41; SOC 30.6.41.

    See also: https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C16756416

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    Hello

    I suppose you are referring to this one :
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C16756416

    With name and unit, it will be easier for other to give further answers : Flying Officer Z Roter (Polish), Leading Aircraftman J Karansinski (Polish): injured; aircraft accident, Battle P6630, 16 Service Flying Training School, 24 June 1941.

    The other option is to access the casualty pack at Kew, either in person or buy it online, in the hope that it contains the serial number inside the file, rather than the misleading catalogue entry.

    Joss

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    I think there was something rushed about this entry. Both crew names are misspelled (unusually because in most records the names are correctly transcribed - even those with much more difficult spellings) and the pilot's service number was given for the aircraft serial number. But this is undoubtedly the one. Thank you.

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    The Gradation List of Polish Air Force Officers of Aug 1941 gives Rotter, Zdzislaw Grzegorz as Personal Number P-0662.

    As no RAF aircraft of any P prefix serial list was issued with a number of less than P1000 then the aircraft serial in AIR81 is not confused with the Pilot's personal number.

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