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    Default 59 OTU Hurricane Loss, 17 May 1943

    Dear All,

    Do any members know the serial of a Hurricane of 59 OTU which was lost on the 17th May 1943.

    A chap named Lindley was the pilot, and the aircraft was destroyed after catching fire.

    Any help at all would be great,

    Johnnie

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    W9240

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    It is W9240 Engine cut on approach to practice forced landing, overturned; destroyed by fire.

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    That's great.

    Many thanks.

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    Do any members know the full name of the pilot??

    John

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    The 1180 States although hard to read, records Sgt R Lindley 1046286 Injured .

    Phill Jones

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    Phill,

    The number 1046286, was allocated to Douglas BROWN (later 185428).
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...6792/page/5198

    There was a "754267 Richard LINDLEY (116105)".
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5531/page/1754 but he was commissioned on 4-2-1942.

    Col.
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    Hi Col ,

    Thanks for this as i said the 1180 is very hard to read

    rgs Phill Jones

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    Hi John,
    The pilot was 1066286 Sergeant M Lindley 59 OTU RAF Brunton (satilite to RAF Milfield)
    It is an interesting tale as 3 local men received awards in the rescue of the pilot. the aircraft had overturned and was on fire trapping the pilot. 2 of the men lifted the tail up while the 3rd crawled underneath and cut his harness loose with a pocket knife, they just got him free when the aircraft exploded.
    I have completed my research on this crash which occurred at Dovecote Field, New Haggerston.
    It is the subject of Chapter 13 of my new book Almost Forgotten (Volume 3) due to be released 2017.

    Regards
    Chris

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    Thank you for the additional info.

    There is no entry in AIR 78 for 1066286, but there is a Maurice Lindley (1686268) and a Ronald Lindley (1044284). As Phill says the Form 1180 is hard to read and it could be either one.

    John

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