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    I don't suppose

    1) Anyone has ORB for 2 FTS for its period when it was at RAF Digby in Lincolnshire on 30 June 1924, but ceased operations on 29 July 1933

    2) Can tell me what type of planes were used for 'Instructional Purposes' for May 1930

    Trying to ID the type for P/O Lesmere's parachute escape 1 May 1930

    it has been listed as either Avro 504 or Bristol Fighter

    Thanks

    Paul

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    Paul

    The Bomber County website search engine came up with an F.2b Brisfit of 2 FTS 'abandoned and crashed' on this date. Now for the serial!

    DaveW

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    DaveW

    Thatís about as much as I can find on it ! Yes would love to know reference

    All local newspaper reports fail to identify type

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    Hello,

    An indication why this might be particularly difficult to solve"

    Royal Air Force Aircraft J1 -J9999 and WW1 Survivors.
    Thompson,Dennis & Ray Sturtivant
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain (Historians),1987

    Page 208-9

    Unidentified Crashes.

    It has not been possible to identify serial numbers relating to the following crashes which are known to have occurred during the 1920's and early 1930's. Local research might enable some to be identified, for instance in newspaper reports, or in local government records such as police, fire and ambulance records. Those dated from 1930 onwards could, of course, relate to K-serialled aircraft.

    1 May 1930 - (Bristol) F.2B - 2 FTS - Pilot abandoned on solo flight.

    Col.

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    Col

    Thanks for that !
    Explains the reference. On the bomber country web site

    Kind regards

    Paul

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    Looks like Norman Strangways Lesmere got into trouble for this....

    "London Gazette 10 June 1930: The short service commission of Pilot Officer on probation Norman Strangways Lesmere is terminated on cessation of duty 6th June 1930. Later killed in action with the 1st Batt The Buffs ((Royal East Kent Regiment)) on December 14, 1941 #149174 and on Alamein Memorial"

    Now..

    AIR 10-1468 Report on Flying Accidents during Jan.-June 1930 Page 13 (vii) A pupil pilot lost control whilst practising aerobatics (against orders): landed unhurt -

    No Type Listed, but further on under type Avro N prob J serialed

    Avro N as this in list "Attempting aerobatics instead of practising forced landing". No Injury 17 hours solo - Pupil Pilot -

    I could not find any Bristol Fighter matches

    Also

    http://www.bcar.org.uk/1930s-incident-logs

    All other 2 FTS aircraft are Avro N's for 1930 - If as I suspect he leaning to fly and was NOT an experience flyer 'Pupil Pilot' 17 Hours solo (if him) rather than Instructor - why would he be solo on a Bristol Fighter ??

    I am convincing myself more and more that the reference to F.2b Brisfit is wrong which also may point to the reason it has been Unidentified for long

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    Sounds like pretty good logic to me too Paul!
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