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    Default Fury K7267 25 Sqn 26th April 1937

    I found out today that this is being quoted as "Written off (damaged beyond repair) 26/4/37 at RAF Hawkinge, Folkestone, Kent, when engine failed & crashed after hitting trees in forced landing. Struck off charge 7/7/37."

    Some elements of 25 Sqn were at Sutton Bridge at the time for Armaments Camp - So this news report
    details the actual incident - which as you can see occurred in March. Cambridgeshire

    The pilot escaped uninjured when an RA.F, single-seater íplane from Sutton Bridge aerodrome struck trees in a forced landing at March, Cambs. Portsmouth Evening News - Tuesday 27 April 1937

    So the $64,000 question is can anyone Identify the pilot...

    Thanks Paul

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    Paul

    Please don't ask from whence, but I have Monk EWJ as the pilot. Be nice to confirm.
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    564342 Sgt Ernest William John MONK. (later 44403) was on 25 Sqn at the time. So is a strong possibility

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    Hello,

    APPENDIX 5 - Squadron Aircraft (No.25 [Fighter Squadron])

    Hawker Fury Mk.II K7267 - Delivered new to Squadron, 2 October 1936. Engine cut ,forced landed, hit trees , 26th April 1937 - Sgt E W J Monk unhurt.

    Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF - L1426 - Delivered new to Squadron, 5th December 1938. Engine cut after take-off for air test, belly landed, Northolt, 17th December 1939. Flt Sgt Monk and crew unhurt.

    Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF - R2608 - Delivered new to Squadron, 8th September 1940. Soon after take-off, crashed in sea off Tangmere, 21st November 1940. Plt Off E W J Monk,and Sgt E Powell both killed.


    APPENDIX 7 -Random Biographical Notes.

    MONK, Plt Off Ernest William John, RAF. 44403. Pilot. Monk came to No.25 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 12th August 1940 on commissioning. He flew with the Squadron throughout the remainder of the Battle of Britain, but was killed when his aircraft crashed into the sea shortly after take-off on 21st November 1940. Neither his body or that of his air gunner, Sgt E Powell, was recovered and Monk is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 9.

    See:
    Hawks Rising The Story of 25 Squadron Royal Air Force.
    Mason,Francis K.
    Tonbridge Wells:Air-Britain(Historians),2001
    pp.221, 225, 227 & 256

    Col.
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    Col

    Thanks Mr 6000! that seals the deal


    Paul

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