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    Default Book: Black Lysander by John NESBITT-DUFORT 29164

    I wonder if anyone has this ?

    The reason..

    Thursday 05 April 1934, Sheffield Independent, South Yorkshire, England

    "R.A.F. 'PLANE CRASHES An R.A.F. aeroplane attached to No. 25 Fighter Squadron, Hawkinge, Kent, crashed soon after taking off to-day. The machine was damaged, but the pilot was uninjured."

    The pilot was Flying Officer John NESBITT-DUFORT..

    I wonder if the serial and type is known...

    Thanks Paul

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    Hi Paul,

    Looks like an occasion when John Nesbitt-Dufort took off in a Hawker Fury for a practice Battle-Climb when his engine cut out at 70 feet. Had a choice between a cemetery, an ammunition dump, or 'a stout oak tree'. He chose the tree. He was trapped until the fire crew arrived to dig him out of the cockpit. The incident is on pages 71-72. The text leads the reader to believe it happened in 1933, but occasionally Nesbitt-Dufort's chronology was marginally adrift.

    Nick Livingstone

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    Nick

    Thanks for the details yes looks like he out by 12 months

    Now we have the type all we need is a serial

    Kind regards.
    Paul

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    Forgive my curiosity, but why do you need to know?

    Nick L

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    I have a file of Pre-war RAF incidents location crew etc so I found out about this one today and want to find the detail prob Fury as written off on this date but no further details

    We have the further details now !

    I am trying to Id one incident in
    march 1934 (a fire prob at Eastchurch) And need to eliminate other possibles


    This onne in fact http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/in...?topic=16567.0

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    Paul, I remembered this morning that there is a photo of the slain Hart in Nesbitt-Dufort's book. Only the first part of the registration is visible in the photo: K20---.
    Then I turned back a page and found another photo, of three Harts, with the caption:
    'A' Flight 25(F) Squadron, throttled well back, somewhere over the Firth of Forth. K2071 F/Lt G.P. Macdonald; K2072 self; and K2056 (which I eventually crashed) F/O R.G. Harman.

    So K2056 is what you were looking for.

    Nick L
    Last edited by deadrock; 30th March 2017 at 20:50. Reason: Typo of aircraft number

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    Nick


    Many thanks for that another mystery successfully resolved.. Only another 1000 to go :-)

    http://www.raf-in-combat.com/downloa...ury-20-photos/

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    Looked up K2056 in K File by Air Britain it has brief entry:
    Delivered to 25 Sqn 24.2.32
    Struck Of Charge 8.5.34

    So A month after incident on 5.4.34 and after recovery and probably rebuild engineering report it is written off

    The dates match and the gap indicates why aircraft not matched with pilot before.

    Also gives help in that it provides a time gap when an aircraft mat later be SOC of around a month or so

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    I seem to have aquired a piece of the wing (I think) of K2056 that - strange as it sounds - has been made into a cribbage board.





    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    Looked up K2056 in K File by Air Britain it has brief entry:
    Delivered to 25 Sqn 24.2.32
    Struck Of Charge 8.5.34

    So A month after incident on 5.4.34 and after recovery and probably rebuild engineering report it is written off

    The dates match and the gap indicates why aircraft not matched with pilot before.

    Also gives help in that it provides a time gap when an aircraft mat later be SOC of around a month or so

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