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    Hello all,

    Blenheim L1500 of 141 Squadron crashed on a hillside at Kippen, near Stirling on 6 April 1940. The ORB - no F.541 at this time - only names the pilot, 41313 P/O Russell Ernest Orchard. All three on board were injured. On the 'FLIGHT' Archives website for 16 May 1940 the following are named in the 'Injured' category along with P/O Orchard; 581395 Sgt. Alexander John Kenny and 650905 AC2 Edward Alexander Coates. These could well be the Observer and Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on board but I can find no proof to be sure of this.

    Can anyone please link one or both to 141 Squadron around this time ? None of the three flew in the Battle of Britain with Fighter Command.

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    Martin Gleeson.

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    Hi Martin
    The 540 has the following entry:-
    6th April 40.
    PO Orchard, flying Blenheim, crashes on the side of a hill at Kippen having got lost in very bad weather.
    He is injured, also two airmen crew are injured. No definite information is at present available concerning injuries.
    Aircraft is completely wrecked.

    7th April
    Information received that PO Orchard has probably sustained a fractured skull, one airman has a dislocated shoulder, the second has superficial injuries only.

    Gerry

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    Orchard 141 Sqn

    [url]http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_raf_141.htm[/url

    Sorry Martin orchard already on plane (you knew that) teach me to use small screen phone late at night !
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    Probably the crew

    650905 AC2 Edward Alexander Coates was a Wop/Ag


    Friday 02 July 1943 , Liverpool Evening Express , Merseyside, England

    IN GERMAN HANDS postcard has been received Mr. and Mrs. A. Coates, Richmond street, Wigan, from their son, Sergt Air-Gunner Wireless Operator Edward Alexander Coates (25), stating that he is a prisoner in Germany.

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    Gerry and Paul,

    Thanks for your responses. Still looking for that elusive connection to 141 Squadron. The case for Coates as the Wop/AG is slightly strengthened by his subsequent history.

    regards,

    Martin.

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    I have the crew of this aircraft as:

    Pilot Officer R E Orchard, Aircraftman M J Fahey, Aircraftman F A Smith, all injured. But I need to confirm the spelling for Fahey, it could be Kenny.

    Jim

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    Hello Jim,

    Thanks very much for your information. Your post prompted me to check the index - provided by Paul McMillan - for the newest tranche of AIR 81 Casualty Files released only at the beginning of July. There is a file for this crew and it lists Orchard, Fahey and Smith as you have written.

    Much appreciated,

    Martin.

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    Suspect M J Fahey,
    is
    MATTHEW JAMES FAHEY #629918

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/ca...ATTHEW%20JAMES

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