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    Still reading First Light by Geoff Wellum MOSTLY accurate but he gets some stuff wrong

    From ORB

    "20.6.40 The Squadron has now settled down to its new quarters and is gradually getting used to the new aerodrome. P/O Wellum ran into a starter while taxiing a Spitfire today and caused the propeller to become U.S. No other damage was caused to the machine. Some flying was done during the day. The weather remains perfect."



    He writes in the book he hit a chance light in night landing and wrote off Wing! But this mayebbe a real incident only later


    Anyway have you a serIal for this incident? This Happened at Pembury

    also does anyone know the adjutant of 92 Sqn at the time ? Thanks Paul

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    Hello Paul,

    There is no F.1180 accident report for him on 20 June 1940. I assume the ORB is correct for this date so damage that slight hardly warrants a F.1180 anyway. The 92 Sqn. F.541 shows he flew R6597 once this day on an air test. It is possible this was the aircraft he damaged because it does not feature again in the F.541 until June 28th. The F.78 aircraft history card for R6597 has no mention or indication of an accident on or around 20 June 1940.

    But guess what ! He did have an accident just as he described at 2315 hours on 7 July 1940 in L1080 when landing at Pembrey after night flying practice. He did hit a Chance light. All this from the F.1180 for this accident. The 92 Sqn. F.540 does not mention this, but the flight is recorded in the F.541. The landing time in this latter source is 2325 hours.

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    Martin.

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    5.5.40 Squadron Church Parade. Very fine weather and flying practise started immediately after Church Parade and continued all day. F/O McGowan reported for Adjutant duties as F/O Brinton is going back to civil life.

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    Martin

    Thanks for clearing up that one. In his book Wellum says his Chance Light Spitfire was repaired on site with a new Wing

    Production List has 92S 3-6-40 FAC2 19-8-40

    So maybe another incident later


    Paul

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    First Light has the Adjutant on him joining being "F/O MacGowan" which Wellum says WW1 Pilot -

    This was Herbert Walter 'Mac', 'Huw' McGowan #78935 was indeed a WW1 Pilot (born April 1893) see AIR 76/318/208

    A photo of him appears here

    http://sirius1935.wixsite.com/92squa...eople-pre-1955

    His son Roger flew Lightnings with 92 Sqn in the 1970's

    What is confusing, is that there was another P/O McGowan who joined 92 Sqn later in 1940

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

    this was Robert 'Robbie' Henry McGowan #83277

    McGowan replaced the previous Adjutant F/O John Frederic Chaytor Brinton #91183

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