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    Default Typhoon Ib MN880, 2 October 1944

    Hello,

    In early October 1944 heavy rain made conditions on Merville airfield (coded B.53) difficult. On the 2nd, Wt Off Stanley Barnes, a 22-years old pilot newly arrived with 198 Sqn RAF, hit a waterlogged area while taking off for a mission and failed to get airborne in his Typhoon Ib MN880 TP-Q. The aircraft ran off the end of the runway, flipped over in the mud and Barnes was killed. He is buried in the Calonne-Sur-Lys Communal Cemetery, France.

    Can someone give me the amount of damage suffered by the Typhoon ? There is a picture in the Shore's book about 2nd TAF, page 319, showing it and the aircraft seems to be relatively intact, just on its back.

    Thanks in advance

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    Hello Laurent
    MN880 was not apparently badly damaged but was categorised 'Cat B'. The unfortunate pilot was drowned in the mud. There were a number of similar accidents in dry conditions, where pilots were killed, as the armour plating which served as a crash pylon on bubble canopy Typhoons was inadequate.

    Cat B meant repair on the unit was not possible so MN880 was recovered to 413 R & SU for repair. However, damage appears to have been more severe than first thought, or perhaps the repair organisation had more aircraft than it could cope with, and MN880 was re-categorised as Cat E (effectively for scrap) on 28 December 1944.
    CT

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    Thanks Chris for this extensive and complete reply !

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