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    Default November 1931 Leuchars Accidents

    Can anyone identify the unfortunate pilots involved?


    http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith...nts/Nov31.html

    5 Nov 1931 J9707 Avro 504N Leuchars

    Saturday 07 November 1931 , St. Andrews Citizen , Fife, Scotland

    Leuchars ’Plane Crash. OFFICER’S ESCAPE FROM DEATH.
    An airman had a remarkable escape from death in crash which occurred at Leuchars Aerodrome on Thursday.
    Sub-Lieutenant Stead, a naval officer attached to the Air Force Base, was flying solo in an Avro
    double-seated machine about ten o’clock. He was making for the landing ground when the under-carriage of the
    machine caught
    the telephone wires, pulling down 40 to 50 wires. The aeroplane then struck a wire fence which runs alongside the
    aerodrome ground, tore down about 50 yards of fence, hit the ground, and turned a complete somersault. The machine was
    wrecked, the engine, propeller, and wings of the ’plane all being smashed.
    Sub-Lieut. Stead was able get out of the ’plane. He had a severely lacerated tongue and was severely cut about the face
    but got off very lightly considering the way the machine landed and the damage that was done. The accident happened close to the sick bay, and help was soon on the scene


    10 Nov 1931 K1248 Avro 504N Leuchars

    Saturday 14 November 1931 , St. Andrews Citizen , Fife, Scotland

    Leuchars. AEROPLANE CRASH.—The pilot aeroplane escaped with minor injuries on Tuesday when his machine crashed Leuchars. He was Sub-Lieut. Bruce of the Royal Navy, attached to the R.A.F. base at Leuchars. He was flying solo twoseater Avro, and when in the vicinity of the landing ground he lost flying speed, and crashed to the ground. Assistance was soon hand, and Lieut. Bruce extracted. He escaped with a severe shaking, and was cut about the face and nose. The propeller the ’plane was smashed, and the engine wrenched out position. is the second accident Leuchars within a week

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    Hello,

    Sub-Lieutenant STEAD.

    Possibly: John Dalyell STEAD, otherwise - John DALYELL-STEAD (DSO).

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../6396/data.pdf

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../4164/data.pdf

    + 28-3-1941 829 Sqn. HMS "Formidable" FTR, shot down leading dusk torpedo attack on 'Vittorio Veneto", Cape Matapan (Albacore I N4168)

    Col.
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    Paul

    Bruce is identified by Sturtivant as M. Bruce of 21 P Course.

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    DaveW and Col

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    Pilots confirmed Via Flight Global and London Gazette as Merlin Bruce and John Dalyell Stead

    Suggest other RN Pilots on same 21 P (Pilot) course were as follows


    The undermentioned are granted temporary
    commissions as Flying Officers on
    attachment to the R.A.F. 20th Sept. 1931 : —
    Lieutenant, R.N.
    Nivian George Rodney CEAWFOED.
    Sub-Lieutenants, R.N.
    Merlin BRUCE.
    Patrick Howard HAVERS.
    John Douglas HAYES.
    Mervyn JOHNSTONE.
    Andrew Bankes KAY.
    Robert Arthur Basil MICHELL.
    Ian Ross SAREL.
    John Dalyell STEAD.

    Mate, R.N.
    Eric Wallace LAWSON.
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    Interesting to see 'Mate RN' for Lawson's rank,I had not realised that the rank of 'Mate' had been reintroduced in 1913

    Mate was revived in 1913 for the accelerated promotion of promising ratings, and mates ranked with sub-lieutenants but messed separately. In 1931 the title was abandoned again, and mates were re-mustered as sub-lieutenants.

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