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    Default P2865 Hurricane 46 Sqn Lost 24.7.40 Mystery

    According to Air Britain Crash Logs, this Hurricane crashed at 'Pear Tree Farm' near Derby on 24.7.40 killing Pilot Officer (Pilot) ASTON MAURICE COOPER-KEY aged 21 #40802

    I believe in a subsequent Air Britain Aeromilitariam, this has been updated to 'Suggested Pear Tree Farm, Eglinton'

    As this article makes clear

    http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/Tribute-war-hero-died-save-lives-innocent-boys-pics-audio/article-236413-detail/article.html

    The location should actually be 'near Osmaston Park, Pear Tree, Derby'

    Now another Mystery, a google Search on P2685 Hurricane reveals that it was Serving with No 303 (Polish) Squadron Diary - September 1940

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/f5413031.html

    Now the issue I have, is which reference is correct? Was P2865 with 46 Sqn and lost on this date, and if so what was 'P2865' with 303 Sqn a month later when P/O ZUMBACH destroyed a 1 Me109 and had 1 Ju88 probable on 9th Sept 1940

    This information is perpertuated around a couple of Polish airforce websites

    Paul

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    Hi Paul,
    Hurricane Mk. I serial number P2685
    AirBrit P1000 to R9999
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    46 - Engine cut; hit post in forced landing near Derby, 24.7.40.

    The other Hurricane lost this date was P3316 with 151 Sqdn.

    This is not to say that P2865 was later repaired and sent to 303 Sqdn. But I would have thought that Air Brit would have had details of further Squadron use.

    BUT if you replace the "P" with an "R" you have a Hurricane Mk. I R2685 that did serve with 303 Squadron and was SoC in 1945.

    Re: Zumbach's claims, both were for Bf109's nr Beachy Head according to "Victory Claims of WW2" vol 1 by John Foreman.

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 6th August 2008 at 11:28.

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    According to The Battle of Britain - Then & Now, P2685 was a write off after Cooper-Key's crash

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    Hi Amrit,

    Thanks for that, perhaps it was aircraft letter "P" and was indeed serial number R2685 ?

    Alex

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    And as Alex suggests, the site below states that Zumbach made his claims in R 2685:

    http://www.geocities.com/psp1945/303/303_BoB.html

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    Thanks Guys

    Only goes to prove do not take for granted anything on the Interwebnet.. Check, Check and Check again!

    Paul

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