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    Hi guys

    Can anyone tell me the reason for AH596's force-landing near Colchester on 29 September 1941, and identity of pilot, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    Hi guys

    Can anyone tell me the reason for AH596's force-landing near Colchester on 29 September 1941, and identity of pilot, please?

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    Brian
    Air Britain Crash List has this on the 30th September with 601 Sqn

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    G'day Brian

    The code for this aircraft was UF-W

    Cheers...Chris

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    Brian,

    Look at this earlier post: http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=printer_format&om=8651&forum=DCForu mID6

    "AH596 lost fuel pressure and force landed six miles from Colchester, slightly injuring the pilot. The aircraft was written off."

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    From No.18 Group ROC Centre logs:

    "1.10.1941 0415 F1 post reports that an Airacobra crashed at 1705 hours on 30.9.1941 in M 4753 in a field at The Oaks, Langham, 700 yds west of Langham Hall. Plane No. AH 596 British Airacobra. Pilot F/Sgt W. A. Land No.745526 slightly injured and taken to Military Hospital, COLCHESTER."

    Hope it helps,

    BC

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    Hi guys

    Thanks for the information. I would appreciate your opinions as to whether this could have been the aircraft accidentally shot down by a Wellington of 218 Squadron during a fighter affiliation exercise between 18/9/41 and 5/10/41. The Wellington was up from Marham, and its gunner believed the fighter to have been an Airacobra. The pilot was allegedly an American, who broke his leg. Does Flt Sgt Land fit the bill?

    I've looked at 218's ORB for the period but without success. The incident is related in Hewer's book, but without an actual date although my research suggests it occurred between the dates shown above.

    Over to the experts!
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    BTW on old List AH581 13th December - I have since established that the Pilot was Sgt ROY ERNEST FREDERICK SAWYER, RAAF 403113 Killed -

    What is interesting is that his digital records say he was with 278 Sqn at the time but the Form 551 of the accident says 601 Sqn

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    Hi Paul

    Is there a connection with AH581 and the Wellington friendly fire incident?

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    I don't think so - It just says crashed on approach

    I have not read the whole Digitial Record at Australia Archives on Sawyer - But it does say 'killed in aircraft accident' though I am sure things could have been 'spun'

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    Hi Paul

    I've just had a look on Joe Baugher's website and he notes the following:

    AH581 crashed after engine failure Nov 21, 1941.
    AH582 crashed during aerobatics Oct 19, 1941. Pilot killed.
    AH596 in forced landing at Colchester Sep 29, 1941.

    We know that Sgt Land was the pilot of AH596 and from your notes that Sgt Sawyer was the pilot of AH581 (but you say 13 December). Who was the pilot of AH582?

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    Brian

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