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    Default Fairey Battle Crash Landed 23 Feb 1939 Derby Airport

    On 23rd Feb 1939 a Fairey Battle Crash Landed at Derby Airport.

    The pilot was Captain Ronald 'Ronnie' Thomas Shepherd of Rolls-Royce Experimental Flight Establishment at Hucknall

    The observer is named as "J Hall"

    The aircraft crashed through hedge and demolished part of the airport fencing and the crew were unhurt

    The accident was due to strong wind on landing

    Can anyone identify the serial (I assume one on test with Rolls Royce) and "J Hall"

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    Paul

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    Hi Paul,

    Can't give you a definite answer but offer the following to maybe narrow it down ?

    A combination of Putnam Fairey Aircraft and the Battle File tells us Rolls Royce used 9 Battles. Of these, 5, K9406, N2234, N2058, N2110 and P6752 went To Rolls after the date you quote.

    The 4 remaining possibilities are--

    K7572 Rolls Royce 23.8.37 Merlin tests SOC 7.39

    K9222 Rolls Royce 21.6.38 and used at Hucknall for RR Exe testing. SOC 29.1.46

    K9477 Rolls Royce 7.2.39 used for Peregrine testing.

    and my choice if I was a betting man !! K9257 Rolls Royce 25.7.38 for Merlin X testing, which was reregistered as 1437M 18.4.39 and went to 6 SOTT.

    Good luck
    Peter

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    [IMG]C:\Users\Sean\Documents/K9257[/IMG]
    The partly obscured serial number in the photograph of the crash in the Derby Evening Telegraph would support K9257.

    Sean.

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    Peter and Sean

    Thanks for sorting that out at least we know know why and where K9257 became a maintenance airframe

    Paul

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