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    Default F/O James Ramage "Jimmy" Addams #16143 43 Sqn 1927 Incidents

    F/O James Ramage "Jimmy" Addams #16143 was known as the "Lucky Pilot" as he survived a number of crashes and two quite serious ons in Gamecocks with 43 Sqn in 1927


    I was wondering if anyone can supply the serial for the aircraft involved ?


    Incident 1: Date Tuesday 11 January 1927

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    Thursday 13 January 1927 , The Scotsman , Midlothian, Scotland
    AIRMAN'S PREDICAMENT
    CRASH INTO CLUMP OF TREES
    JAMMED BETWEEN TREE TRUNKS
    Foe. Crash, and a Lucky Escape Having Aerodrome, near Chichester, on Tuesday to fly to Upavon
    Wiltshire , Flying Officer Addams , of the 43 rd Squadron, R . A . F .,
    encountered thick mist over Goodwood Downs '. He decided to return , and was circling over .Goodwood golf links when hw ran
    into more mist , and crashed into a clump of trees on Trundle Hill, the machine snapped several trees, and finally became wedged between two trunks. Crowds of men and caddies from the links, going to the airman’s assistance, , found had escaped
    with a on his face, but was unable to get out of the aeroplane, parts of which sawn away before he could be extricated.


    I have seen this reported as "Woodcock" But I believe it may be Gamecock as 43 Sqn were flying these at the time



    Incident 2: Date Tuesday 18th October 1927



    Wednesday 19 October 1927 , Aberdeen Journal , Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    LUCKY R.A.F. PILOT.
    Unhurt After Crashing from 1000 Feet.
    Known as The Lucky Pilot Flying- Officer J. Addams, Tangmere Aerodrome, West Sussex, had a remarkable
    escape yesterday when his machine crashed from a height of 1000 feet into a field near Chichester. He was badly shaken
    and received slight cut on the face, but was able to return to the aerodrome calmly smoking a cigarette, apparently
    little the worse. Flying-Officer Addams has been in several crashes, and has always come out of them without serious injury.
    His machine yesterday was completely wrecked

    James Ramage Addams ended up as a Group Captain with AFC and survived WW2

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    Paul

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    The location for incident 1 matches to Gamecock J8418.
    However, AB J serials has this machine as delivered to 43 Squadron in May 1927 and crashed some time in 1928.....

    Sean

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    Sean

    Sorry for the delay in replying but I have only just had a chance to see what J Serials says and yes 'Wrong Year' so definitely Gamecock J8418 11/01/1927 and not "c.28"

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    Second incident may be
    Gamecock J8420 43 Sqn Failed to recover from spin.28; HAD 9.29-10.29; Derigged as road machine 2.35

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