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    Default Typhoon crashes in Ayr

    Hi,

    Does anyone know if there were any Typhoon crashes in the Ayr area for the first half of 1944?

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    Alex

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    Alex,

    Apparently not a crash but a loss of a different nature was MN213 that on 17-2-1944 caught fire at Ayr and burnt to the ground with guns blazing...
    See http://www.rcaf.com/439squadron/TIGER/439album-8.htm and just scroll down.

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    Leendert

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    Alex

    R8971 of 439S FHG at Benty Cowan Hill, New Cumnock killing EL Dixon 20/2/44.

    There were three Typhoon crashes in Ayrshire in 1943

    JR200 of 186S at Ayr 25/11/43 collision on landing with Spit AD239, IE Mathieson killed in the Typhoon.
    JR218 also of 186S collided with JR313 and came down at Giffen (Giffenmill Bridge?) Farm, Barrmill, Beith killing D Kelley.
    JR313 details as for JR218, killing SR Shaw.

    And in 1945

    MN532 of 56 OTU FHG at Stoney Hill, 6m N of Kirkconnel killing E Bellis.

    HTH
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    Hi Leendert, Dave

    Many thanks for your replies.

    Alex

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    "JR200 of 186S at Ayr 25/11/43 collision on landing with Spit AD239, IE Mathieson killed in the Typhoon."

    Mathieson was actually in the Spitfire.

    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE
    Air firing practice
    130 Squadron, RAF (Ayr, Ayrshire - 13 Group, Air Defence of Great Britain)
    Spitfire VB AD329 of ‘A’ Flight - took off at 1445 and landed back at base at 1520. On taxiing along the runway after touch down, was struck from behind by a 186 Sqn Typhoon IB (JR200) as it came in to land, being overturned and set on fire. The Spitfire pilot, who had just scored his Flight’s best shoot of the day, is buried at Illogan, Cornwall. The Typhoon pilot survived the collision. On approaching to land prematurely, he had not seen the warning signal from Control’s red Aldis lamp, while a back-up red Very light failed to explode.
    Pilot: NZ413447 Flt Sgt Ian Edgecombe MATHIESON, RNZAF - Age 23. 506hrs.
    Only posted to the Squadron earlier in the month, Mathieson had previously served operationally for almost a year with 66 Sqn, RAF, although his number of ops is unknown. Serving alongside him in both units was his brother, Russell Maurice Mathieson, who survived the war.

    Now known to have flown 66 ops (including 4 ASR ops) while with 66 Sqn.
    From Vol Two of my 'For Your Tomorrow' trilogy.

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    Errol, many thanks for the correction, will amend.

    regards

    DaveW

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    The mid-air collision was 200 yards from Giffen Station, near Beith at 11:56; three a/c were on a routine conversion training flight when JR313 crossed below JR218 with insufficient clearance. JR218 came to rest in a burn behind Shotts Farm, killing the pilot, though the a/c was intact. The tail of JR313 was severed in the crash and it came down behind Newhouse Farm, the rest of it spiralled into a field beside the farm and exploded.

    Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Group and Dundonald Aviation Group undertook a dig with an excavator c.1985.

    Keith

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