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    Default Argosy Crash at Gott el Afrag

    Hello All,
    Hope Mods will forgive the late time of this one?
    Does anybody know the lat/lon (GE?) of “Strip Spillane” in Cyrenaica – and possibly in the neighbourhood of Gott el Afrag – where Argosy XR133 crashed 7th May 1968. It’s come up on another forum, but I can’t find it via GE (my Arabic is confined to spoken expletives – the writing defeats me!!).
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    Peter

    Newspapers at the time reported that it crashed 'near El Adem'. The Birmingham Evening Post of May 9th 1968 recorded the names of those killed.

    A Google search found this pdf that it was 'a desert outpost up the coast from El Adem' - see:

    www.ukmams.co.uk/TeamBrief/Team%20Brief%20E10.pdf

    There are lots of eye-witness accounts of the accident, and some photos of the aircraft crash here:

    http://www.don-simmonds.co.uk/argosy.htm

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - could it possibly be Al Abraq...?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Abraq,_Libya
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 28th July 2019 at 16:52.

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    Simon,
    Tks yr help!
    My then (late)Boss was the Mob Met Unit Forecaster actually on-site when it crashed. He verbally reported in great detail - except where the strip at Gott el Afrag actually was! It's NOT 'just up the coast from El Adem'. It's somewhere in what we knew as Training Area F. This was an area about the size of Belgium where the UK (and allied) militaries could go and play war-games without causing too much collateral damage to property and/or persons/stock! My memory deteriorates, but I think it was south of Martuba and west of Timimi. I never went much into that area myself. Most of my 'jaunts' were south of El Adem towards Tazerbo and Kufra.
    Yrs
    Peter Davies
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