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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Coirnell in ACSEA

    From the logbook of D J Hall RAAF , test pilot with 320 MU test and delivery flight

    Dec 2 1944 HB674, HB702 retests
    Dec 3 HB670 retest
    Dec 5 HB674, HB676 retests
    Dec 6 HB644, HB700 retests
    Dec12 HB727, HB671, HB644 retests
    Dec 16 HB731 initial
    Dec 23 HB673 retest
    Dec 27 HB732 initial then retest
    Dec 29 HB699 retest

    If this is of interest can do Jan to Mar 45 when he wasted posted back to Australia

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Coirnell in ACSEA

    Hello Simon,
    Yes, they are all of interest, thank you.
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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Coirnell in ACSEA

    Tony,

    Not sure if this is what you are after, but Argus II FZ786 was on the strength of 215 Squadron. Lost on 13 March 1945 when flying three aircrew back to base, all being killed. Reports can be found in the RCAF service records of the two Canadian F/Os, Gilbert and Gardner. The third killed was F/O J Williams.

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Coirnell in ACSEA

    Hi Geoff,
    Thank you for alerting me to FZ786.
    I have now found the incident reported in the Squadron ORB. and also the accident card.
    Best wiahes, Tony

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Cornell in ACSEA

    More from DJ Hall log
    1945
    Jan 4 HB699 to Muaripur and return
    Jan 9 HB675 retest, Mauriour and return
    Jan 10 KK385 retest
    Jan 28 KK384 initial
    Jan 28 KK384 retest
    Jan 30 K.k384 retest
    Feb 28 HB642 retest
    Mar 1 HB585 retest
    Mar 1 HB585 station recce.
    Mar 1 HB577 initial
    Mar 2 HB578 retest
    Mar 2 HB577 retest

    In all he totalled 15.20 hrs of test flying etc during his time with 320MU

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Cornell in ACSEA

    And a couple of flights from the log of navigator M J Watts , with 8 Ferry Unit

    21/12/44 HB649 Base - Jodhpur , pilot F/L West
    19/2/45 FB524 Lahore - Jodphur, pilot F/S Maidment

    Presumably the above were to deliver these aircraft to the maintenance unit there for storage and onward allocation.

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Coirnell in ACSEA

    Tony,

    Geoff's post reminded me


    Please do validate that all your fatal accidents are covered in this link
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...rgus&serialno=
    Argus related deaths worldwide


    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...nell&serialno=
    1 Cornell related fatality in Med - this sounds like an error?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...nell&serialno=
    5 in Zimbabwe..
    Last edited by Jagan; 6th January 2021 at 21:31.

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Cornell in ACSEA

    Simon,
    Thank you very much for looking up and posting those additions.
    Tony

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Coirnell in ACSEA

    Hi Jagan,
    Yes the Australian pilot in Cornell FV271 has to be wrong.
    The aircraft in question was delivered to Southern Rhodesia which the Mediterranean Memorial may cover - but July 1943 is too early. First deliveries to S.R. circa. October 1943
    Must have been involved in an accident during 1944 as it was converted to an instructional airframe from June 1944.

    Best bet I would think is for someone who knows their way around the Australian N.A. downloads to look up the pilots records.

    Cheers, Tony

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    Default Re: Fairchild Argus and Coirnell in ACSEA

    Ah Thanks - just noted that the entry should have been a Kittyhawk, but the serial belongs to a Cornell, will validate the right serial .

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