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    Hello,
    To which Squadron/Squadrons did these three airmen belong ?
    P/O. E.H.Davis - Killed - 26-03-1938.
    F/O. C.A.G.Thomson - Killed - 26-03-1938.
    P/O. R.J.Wilson - Killed - 26-03-1938.
    Many thanks
    Alex

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    Alex

    These don't match 100% match with the initials you've listed, but:

    P/O Richard Davis and P/O Richard Jackson Wilson were killed in a road traffic accident when their car hit a telegraph pole near Norwich. Contemporary newspaper reports state that they were 'attached to R.A.F. Feltwell.'

    The Western Daily Press, amongst others, reported on March 28th 1938 that F/O Alexander Grove Thomson was killed, along with 803478 AC2 Robert Henderson Starrett, in a 603 Sqn aircraft which crashed at Beich, Midlothian. The unidentified aircraft hit overhead wires whilst reportedly attempting to land in a field.

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    Simon
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    Hello

    26-3-1938
    No.603 Sqn, Turnhouse
    Hawkwer Hind K5498

    Crashed while low-flying, Breich, near West Calder, Midlothian.
    Fg Off Cecil Alexander Grove THOMSON (AAF) +
    AC2 Robert Henderson STARRETT +

    http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm

    Col.

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    Alex/Col

    Just to add a little more, the National Probate Calendar has the following for Davis and Wilson:

    DAVIS Richard Howard of Old Cottage, Grand Drive, Herne Bay, Kent, died 26 March 1938 at Barford near Norwich.

    WILSON Richard Jackson, of Tai Yat, Merlins Cross, Pembroke, died 26 March 1938 at Great Melton, Norfolk.

    Barford and Great Melton are bordering civl parishes in Norfolk.

    And Col - thanks for the ID for the 603 Sqn Hind.

    Regards

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    Hello Simon & Col,
    Many thanks for the answers.
    I was hopeing that one may have been from 72 Sqdn which had a fatality on the 26th March '38.
    Any idea as to a name ?

    Thanks
    Alex

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    Hi Alex

    No unaccounted officers listed on that day so suspect the fatality was a NCO

    Malcolm

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    Alex

    Are you 100% sure about the date/Squadron? 73 Squadron lost a pilot in a crash on March 21st 1938.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello Malcolm,
    Yes date, squadron and a pilot ( were there Sgt Pilots in 1938 ?).[ OK there were Airmen Pilots ].

    Hello Simon,
    Yes but 72 Sqdn not 73.

    Also my error there was not a fatality (?) . My first post unfortunately suggested it, as the three named men were.

    Having now looked at the RAF lists for Jan through April 1938 I think the name is F/O. R.D.G.WIGHT. But all I see is that he is not listed in the squadron or index for April .
    Therefore I believe he was the pilot of Gladiator K6131 that crashed forcelanded on the 26 March 1938. The a/c must have been returned to service as I have another date for it, the 29 June 1938, then SOC 1 July 1938.
    Can anyone confirm Wight's death ?

    Alex
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    Hi Alex,

    This your man?

    http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Wight.htm

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hello Dave,
    Many thanks for the link.
    So at least I now know that he did not die in 1938.
    I am for now, at a loss as to who the pilot of K6131 was on the 26/3/38.
    Thanks
    Alex

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