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    The following article is in Wednesday 08 May 1940 , Falkirk Herald , Stirlingshire, Scotland

    PILOT THOUGHT HE WAS IN HEAVEN.
    —Hurtling unconscious to earth after jumping at 25,000 feet from his ’plane over the Western Front, British fighter pilot came to his senses when in clouds and. in his own words, thought he was “in Heaven.” When he dropped through the cloud, however, he realised he was not in heaven—and pulled the rip cord of his parachute. He floated down and found he was over No Man’s Land, being shot at by the Germans, Landing safely, he destroyed his parachute and eventually
    got back to his squadron—after being nearly shot by a French patrol.
    The pilot’s engine caught fire after he had shot down an M.E. 109. His face burned and with bullet injuries to leg and hand, the pilot decided it was time to jump for it. After disconnecting his oxygen he “passed out.” This and other thrilling experiences men of the R.A.F. Fighter Command were told
    by officer commanding a squadron in France who is now in London.

    This incident describes F/O Edgar James "Cobber" Kain parachute incident in P2543 'P' 'Paddy III' on March 23, 1940 over Ritzing, Moselle, France of 73 Sqn

    The only question I have is 'who could be the "officer commanding a squadron in France who is now in London. "

    73 Sqn Co's in the time frame were

    S/Ldr Brian Wright ‘Red’ Knox #16179 from "1st September, 1939"
    S/Ldr Kenneth Alexander Keswick MacEwen # 05155 "from 26th March 1940"
    S/Ldr James Winter Carmichael ‘Hank’ More #26161, D.F.C. "from 16th April, 1940"

    Can anyone confirm the dates from the ORB. I suspect that MacEwen was earlier than 26th March 1940?

    Kind Regards


    Paul

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    Hi Paul

    From Don Minterne s 73 Sqn which is largely based on the ORB.

    The incident occurred on 26.3 not 23.3 and allegedly involved L 1766. No operational flying on 23.3.

    Sqn Ldr Mcewan arrived on 24.3 and formal handover was on 25.3. Knox left for UK on 27.3.


    However of more interest Sqn Ldr More flew to Hendon by Rapide with Sqn Ldr Halahan and AVM Playfair on 4th May. This was for a PRESS CONFERENCE.
    Source of your article maybe ?
    He returned on 6.5 and was picked up from Reims, in the Magister.

    regards Peter
    Last edited by PeterColwill; 30th July 2015 at 11:36.

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    Paul,

    Air Britain files would indicate the L 1766 bit is not right, lost at a later date elsewhere.
    P 2543 lost with 73, "5.40"
    Last edited by PeterColwill; 30th July 2015 at 11:18.

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    Peter

    Thanks
    AIR 81/104 has following re date and Serial Number


    AIR 81/104 1Flying Officer E J Kain: injured; Hurricane P2543 hit by cannon shell; aircraft abandoned at Ritzing, France; 26 March 1940

    I am sure not L1766 as this was Written off in a crash 5th October 1940 with 6 OTU: Pilot P/O Cecil Clement Hood Davies #81050 , 1 hour on type.



    However, you might be right about date and thanks for info on press Conference - I think you have sorted it!


    Paul

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    Peter

    Has to be S/Ldr James Winter Carmichael ‘Hank’ More . The story is reported in various newspapers Monday 5th May. Which mean Press conference probably Sunday 5th May

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    Update BoFtaN has Kain incident on March 26th 1940

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