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    Default 521 (Met) Sqn Questions Posed

    Hello All,
    A couple of questions about 521 Sqn.

    On 19 Dec 1941 a Flt Lt Bisgood takes off at 1015 from Bircham Newton in Miles Mentor L4420. Does anybody know when 521 Sqn received this a/c, and when they gave it up? I understand it was the only Mentor to survive WW2. Was it issued to the RAF from Miles, or impressed on the outbreak of WW2?

    Amongst the 521 Sqn casualties is a:-
    Sidney/Sydney Edward Woodhouse d. 3 Sep 43.
    FREEBMD Deaths Sep 1943 Woodhouse, Sidney E, 39 Fakenham, 4b 220
    CWGC Corporal Sydney Edward Woodhouse, 1230094, RAFVR, 521 Sqdn.
    FWR opts for Sydney Edward
    Which is correct? Probably a ‘local’ man as he is buried at Holt, a few miles away. Clearly not aircrew, so what was the cause/circumstances of his death?

    TIA
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    Default Re: 521 (Met) Sqn Questions Posed

    Hi Peter,

    L4420 was not on No.521 Strength - at this time it was hack from RAF Bircham Newton Station Flight.

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    Default Re: 521 (Met) Sqn Questions Posed

    Peter,
    A little more information on the Miles Mentor, courtesy of Air-Britain book "Miles Aircraft - The Early Years" by Peter Amos.
    None were impressed, all 45 (built under Contract 534848/36) were delivered new to the RAF between Mar38/Mar39.
    L4420 served with Station Flight Hucknall (30Jan39), then 24 Sqn, 6 OTU, Station Flight Bircham Newton (as mentioned by Ross), before going to 4 MU Kemble in Jul45. It was sold in May46, becoming G-AHKM, being lost in a crash in Devon on 1Apr50 (2 killed).
    Andy

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    Default Re: 521 (Met) Sqn Questions Posed

    Peter,

    I think you probably meant 1403 Met Flight since Bisgood joined that unit on its formation in the early spring of 1941. 1403 Met Flight merged with 1401 Met Flight in Feb 1942 to form an enlarged 1401 Met Flight. 1401 Met Flight assumed squadron status on 1 Aug 1942 as 521 Squadron.

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    Default Re: 521 (Met) Sqn Questions Posed

    There's a good photo of L4420 in its post-war civilian markings at http://www.aviationbanter.com/showthread.php?t=168324 .

    Brian

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