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    Default 237 Sqn RAF losses on 9 February 1941

    Hello,

    On 9 February 1941, 237 Sqn RAF's base at Agordat was attacked by Fiat CR.42s and among the aircraft destroyed where two Hardys and two Lysanders of 237 Sqn

    Several Internet sources (probably copying each other) give the serials of the two Lysanders as L1026 and R2044. Problem is that the serial L1026 if a Spitfire one (crashed in Scotland in March 1940), so is false. A possible close serial will be R2026, a Lysander II. But the page http://www.rafweb.org/Members%20Page...al%20Units.htm show it serving with 4, 20, 28 and 241 Sqn. And 28 Sqn is supposed to have flown Lysander starting from September 1941. So it is probably not this one.

    Can someone provide the serial of this aircraft, please ?

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    Hi

    R2038 was with 237 Sqn and is shown as being lost on 10 Feb 1941 but after hitting a tree following and engine failure on take off.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks, Malcom

    According to the book "A Pride of Eagles: A History of the Rhodesian Air Force", by Beryl Salt, this happened on 10 February 1941:
    "On 10 February, Alec Hutchinson had a lucky escape. He had been sent to collect a replacement Lysander for 'A' flight (note: 237 Sqn). Taking off from Umtali he flew to Tessenai, which had been recently been captured from the Italians and then to Agordat. On take-off from Agordat on the return flight, the engine of his aircraft cut out and he crashed. He was extremely fortunate to escape serious injury but the aircraft was a write-off. For No 237 to admit that an aircraft was irreparable meant that it really was a complete wreck. In fact, it was incredible that Hutchinson got out of it alive."

    No serial given but it fits well with your story

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    maybe P-9188 ??

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