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    Friday 03 March 1939 , Exeter and Plymouth Gazette , Devon, England FORCED LANDING.
    R.A.F. AEROPLANE AT MONKTON.
    Occupants Uninjured: Cow Killed.
    A. fully-laden 200-miles-an-hour Fairey "Battle' R.A.F. plane ploughed through . twelve-foot hedge to make a forced landing on its fuselage in a field at Monkton, near Honiton at Mid-day on Wednesday. None of the three occupants was injured, but a cow in the field was killed, being struck by one of the wings. The " Battle," a light bombing 'plane. was laden with four 250lb. dummy bombs, and was on a low flying cross-country flight. It was one of four machines seen in the vicinity of Honiton during the morning. The 'plane was piloted by Flying Officer Archer. with Sergt. Morgan as observer, and Sergt A. C. Wilburn, as wireless operator. These men are stationed at Andover with the 142nd Squadron, of which the 'plane forms part. To-day, with the other 'planes. it left on a low flying flight between Andover, Taunton arid Sidmouth, and was due to return on the same route. At Monkton, it is understood that the engine cut out. There was no time to lower the undercarriage, and the 'plane crashed through the hedge to land 100 yards further on. The fuselage was extensively damaged underneath, as was the propeller and wings.

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    Suspect Sgt AC Wilburn is actually not Sht but Aircraftman (AC) and probably


    Clifford E. Wilburn, RAF 534269, 142 Sqdn., age 25, 07/04/1940, Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France

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    Morgan May stress may be

    Arthur Charles Morgan

    Killed with 105 Sqn in May 1940


    Note: Not this Airman see below
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 16th September 2016 at 08:06.

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    Hi Paul,

    Great find. I believe Morgan is 563209 Sgt. W. O. Morgan, Air Observer as listed on page 119 of the 142 Sqn. Appendices (AIR 27/977). Using AIR 78/113/1/page 2116 he appears to be William Ogilvie, although the second name is difficult to read.

    You are correct about Wilburn. He is listed as a 'LAC' on page 120 of the Appendices. Pages 117-120 list the squadron personnel going overseas, but undated. However judging by the names it seems to have been prepared maybe late August 1939 for the move to France.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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    Col/Martin thanks for this full crew pf Battle K9334 can now be stated as

    Pilot: P/O John Chilton Archer 33181
    KIA 407 Sqn 27/09/1943 as Wing Commander

    Wellington HF124
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...September-1943

    Observer: Sgt William Ogilvie MORGAN 563209

    See London Gazette Warrant Officers to P/O
    563209 William Ogilvie MORGAN (49985)- 27th Sept 1942
    (Scanned as 563269)

    Wireless Operator

    AC (probably 1) Clifford Edgar Wilburn 534269
    KIA 142 Sqn 07/04/1940 as Corporal Battle N2088
    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/ca...IFFORD%20EDGAR

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