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    Default Percival Proctor HM431

    Can anyone help me find the "provenance" of this Percival Proctor? What squadron it was assigned to etc?
    Many thanks in advance for any help.
    Cheers, Clint

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    Default Re: Percival Proctor HM431

    Hi

    It was allocated to No 2 Radio School and No 8 Group Comms Flt, sold off on 12 Jan 1954.

    Malcolm

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    Default Re: Percival Proctor HM431

    Hello,

    Percival Proctor III (c/n.H.325), (Hills Production).

    TOC as HM431 and to 44 MU Edzell 11.2.43.
    To 2 Radio School, Yatesbury 4.4.43.
    To 8 Group Comm Flt 13.5.43.
    To 29 MU High Ercall 23.11.45.
    Allocated for conversion to instructional airframe 6280M 5.3.47 but replaced by HM346.
    To Scottish Aviation, Prestwick for repairs 19.6.47; Aw/cn 24.6.48.
    To 6 MU Brize Norton 23.6.48.
    To Field, Tollerton for refurbishment 4.4.51.
    To 29 MU High Ercall 30.11.51.
    Sold 12.1.54 AJ Whittemore (Aeradio) Ltd. Croydon, and del by road.
    Registered G-ANPR (CofR R4538) 8.4.54 to RA Peacock (Aviation) Ltd, Croydon.
    CofA issued 13.8.54.
    Canx 19.1.55 & regd 20.1.55 to Barry Innes Ker, Penant[sic] Hills, NSW; flown by owner to Australia; arr 2.55.
    Regn canx 16.6.55 as sold Australia.
    Regd VH-BPR 16.6.55 to Barry Innes Ker, Penant[sic] Hills, Sydney (later Charleville, Qld).
    Regd 8.7.55 to Western Air Navigation Pty Ltd, Charleville, Qld (Barry Ker was chief pilot/manager).
    Regd 30.6.57 to Frank A Schillabeer, Melbourne (based Moorabbin).
    Regd 24.7.61 to JO Robinson & KB Ball, Cheltenham, Vic (based Moorabbin).
    Regd 23.10.63 to Leonard A Day, Geelong, Vic (based Belmont Common; to Geelong when airfield closed 1.64).
    Forced landed on partially constructed strip Banka Banka, NT 5.8.65 and veered off into scrub; aircraft abandoned due to inaccessibility of location.
    Regn canx 5.6.65

    See:
    On The Wings of a Gull.
    Gearing, David W. (with the Air-Britain Percival Project Team)
    Staplefield:Air-Britain(Historians),2012.
    p.224.

    See also: http://www.goodall.com.au/australian...l-proctor.html

    Col
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    Default Re: Percival Proctor HM431

    Thank you both for your information! The 8 Group Comm Flight assignment is of the most interest to me. I was hoping knowing the aircraft's history would shed some light on an odd entry in my Dad's logbook.
    On October 14th, 1944 my Dad lists a short, 30 minute flight from Wyton to High Wycombe in this Proctor, with a Flt. Lt. Holland (listed as pilot...). Dad was stationed at Gransden Lodge, so the purpose of the flight, why he was at Wyton and the identity of Holland are small but nagging mysteries.
    Cheers, Clint

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    Default Re: Percival Proctor HM431

    Clint,

    I cannot answer your question, but I suspect your father was visiting HQ Bomber Command (known as RAF Southdown during the war) and probably landed at a small grass strip at Lacey Green, about one kilometre north of the HQ. The alternative would be RAF Booker, about 8 km south of the HQ, just west of High Wycombe.

    This comes from my own research plus S/L Beryl Escott's History of RAF High Wycombe, pub 1971

    Brian

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