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    Default 57 OTU August 12, 1944 Spitfire collision AB132 / EP387

    Would anyone have the ORB for 57 OTU for the period July August 1944 to check a detail ?

    My quest is to confirm if Spitfire AB132 appears in any of the records for the above period. In an unconfirmed report said Spitfire was involved in an aerial collision with Spitfire EP387, also of this unit, on August 12, 1944.

    This detail is uncertain as the movement card for AB132 lists it going to Russia in September 1942 and it is unlikely to have returned to the UK.

    Any pointers appreciated.

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    Ian

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    It was a period where the ORB didn't give details, instead at the end of the month there was a breakdown of avoidable and unavoidable incidents eg 2 engine failures, 1 mid-air etc etc without any actual information. There were some Form 412s in that ORB but not for this accident.
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    A confused situation in the records.

    Alan is correct that the incident is not listed in the Daily Summary but there is a Form 765(B) for August.

    This shows an aircraft wastage for Spitfire VB AD132 as Cat B - no entry for EP387.

    AB Register shows this airframe as Spitfire V but not listed for No.57 OTU.

    The F1180 raised lists Spitfire VB AB132 Cat B and other aircraft as EP387

    AB Register shows AB132 as Spitfire IV and no listing for No.57 OTU.

    As the August F765(B) has no Spitfire IV on No.57 OTU strength only Mk I, II and V it suggests that AD132 is the more probable aircraft for Sgt Skauge.

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    Ross and Alan many thanks for your comments, AD132 certainly make better sense being a Mk V and with 57 OTU.

    Regards,

    Ian

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    Just to add to the pott,

    The AM Form 78 for AD132 has no record of it being with 57 OTU

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    Chris

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    Just checked my records but can't recall where this info came from. I have the following:

    12.08.44
    Supermarine Spitfire AB132 57 O.T.U. Eshott
    Mid-air collision with Spitfire EP387. Suffered Cat.B damage, losing a wing, in an attempted forced landing near Boulmer.

    EP387 was also damaged in a forced landing near Belford on 29.12.44.

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    Jim and Chris,

    Many thanks for your inputs, curiouser and curiouser !

    Ian

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