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    Thanks for confirming that Col, and for correcting the other occupants' names. I guess the correct information about Miss Rea and Mr. W. Bell must have got mixed up somewhere between Australia and Hartlepool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    Thanks for confirming that Col, and for correcting the other occupants' names. I guess the correct information about Miss Rea and Mr. W. Bell must have got mixed up somewhere between Australia and Hartlepool!

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    Bell was born in New Zealand on 9 November 1907.

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    HODGKINSON, William Henry, Flight Cadet - Killed 1 April 1930 in a DH.9A, RAF College Cranwell; pilot and sole occupant.

    Court of Inquiry held at Cranwell on 3.4.30. Killed flying accident at Cranwell on 1.4.30. DH9A No. J8159 Error of judgment on the part of the pilot.

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    FAWKES, Ernest Hamley, Flight Cadet - Killed 16 October 1930 at Cranwell, Lincolnshire, in an Atlas of RAF College, Cranwell.

    Court of Inquiry held at HQ Cranwell on 17.10.30. Killed in flying accident (pilot) at Cranwell on 16.10.30. Atlas K1186 Error of judgment on the part of the pilot.

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    BERRY, Peter, Flight Cadet - Killed 30 October 1930 in an Atlas machine of RAF College, Cranwell; pilot and sole occupant. -> Court of Inquiry held at Cranwell on 31.10.30. Killed by accident (pilot) at Cranwell on 30.10.30. "Atlas J9915" * Error of judgment.

    Atlas J9915 * Needs confirmation from J Serials as this does not appear to be a Atlas serial maybe J9951

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    Atlas "J9915"

    This Serial was a Siskin with no know History. Atlas serial maybe J9951 NEVER served with RAFC

    However, re-reading the service report closely and blown up it now looks like J9985 (an 8 not a 1) so we have

    J9985 (AW494) RAF College 10.30 which matches an accident 30 October 1930

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    I understand that he tried a loop but began at too low level and thus in descent not enough airspace left to pull up. Older brother of AJ Hodgkinson, a BOB pilot
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    Hello,

    13/06/1930 - HINDELANG, Edward Albert & LANSDELL, William Henry - No.60 Sqn. Wapiti J9712.

    Incidental information:

    George Cross (Exchanges) Awarded between the World Wars.
    Empire Gallantry Medal - 13 June, 1930.
    LAC Robert DOUGLAS
    Kohat, North-West Frontier, India (now Pakistan).

    LAC Douglas was 24 years old and serving in 60 Squadron, RAF when an aircraft loaded with bombs crashed shortly after take-off, bursting into flames. Douglas was first on the scene and found the gunner lying near the wreckage with his clothes burning. Using an extinguisher, Douglas put out the fire and after disentangling part of a gun equipment from the injured man, dragged him clear. With the assistance of another airman who had arrived on the scene, and after subduing a renewed burst of fire from the man's clothes, they got him into an ambulance. Then Douglas turned his attention to the pilot in the burning machine; he had approached to within 12yds of the wreckage when the first of the bombs exploded. Now realising that there was no hope of the pilot still being alive, he started to get clear and was 30yds away when a second bomb exploded.

    Douglas also served in the Second World War. He died on 10 August 1959.

    Leading Aircraftman Robert DOUGLAS (Empire Gallantry Medal) 13 June 1930. Burial location unknown, died in Hackney, London. George Cross Location: National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.

    See:
    The Complete George Cross. A Full Chronological Record of all George Cross Holders.
    Brazier,Kevin.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Books,2012.
    pp.17 & 79.

    Col.

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    A bit more on F/L Fletcher lost on 13th June 1930 . . .

    . . . Genet Moth J8820, was attempting a slow roll at 500ft. Whilst inverted the engine cut out, and the aircraft stalled and crashed. The Pilot was very seriously injured and did not regain consciousness. He died about 25 minutes later. He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering, Cambridgeshire

    Tony H

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    Some more info on F/L Nicholay lost on 26th May 1930

    Avro 504N Lynx, J8728, crashed after the starboard wing tip hit the ground whilst low flying nr Barholm, Lincolnshire. The Pilot was killed. Burial location NK.
    Passenger F/O P. F. Luxton was severely injured.

    Tony H

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