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    Please can someone who has the Air Britain Serials book please let me know what is says about Armstrong Atlas J9979


    See 6.5.31

    http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1934.htm

    Note it has a ? against it so some doubt

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    Paul;

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    "J9979 (AW489); Leitner-Watts airscrew failed, Netheravon"

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    Richard

    Thanks for that I think you have solved this the incident and circumstances matches


    From #365890 AC 1. Alexander Brownlow Merriman' Inquest

    THE INQUEST
    The inquest was held Netheravon on Friday.
    The body was identified by Squadron Leader Arthur John Ormsby Wigmore, of the R.A.F. Medical Service, who said death was instantaneous, Merriman having sustained a fractured skull and numerous other injuries.
    Flying Officer, Reginald George Weighill (#24033), who was in charge of the aeroplane, said that after giving the machine, an Atlas, trial flight in the morning he and Merriman proceeded to Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire and back, in company with another machine. On arriving over the aerodrome at Netheravon at about 1,000 feet from the ground, the engine of his aeroplane suddenly jumped clean out of the machine. He gave Merriman orders jump for safety with his parachute, and himself stood up on the seat of the cockpit ready to jump. The' machine turned completely over and he was thrown headlong out of it. He remembered nothing after leaving the aeroplane, until he was picked up. After he gave Merriman orders to leave the ’plane he saw nothing of him.
    The officer the other machine, Flying Officer Denis Hensley Fulton Barnett (#05167) said saw the machine flutter to the ground. He saw Merriman’s parachute, but apparently it did not operate.
    Evidence was that one of the blades of the propeller broke and the unequal stress caused the engine drop out.

    Paul

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