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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Newspaper: Yorkshire Evening Post
    Newspaper: Hull Daily Mail
    Newspaper: Leeds Mercury
    Newspaper: Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer

    https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

    24 May 1932 - Free to Search and 3 free articles if you register

    Seaching Nelson on date throws up other reports - none mentioning type AFAIK

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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Steve sorry to say I've had no more luck with Wapitis and yes it is a question of searching an AB book... my head is spinning...
    I like Paul's suggestion about a possible delivery flight to Thornaby the question is where the flight might have started "in Surrey"? A lot of the Wapitis are recorded on charge to "HAD" before delivery to a unit that is Home Aircraft Depot which was apparently at Henlow in Bedfordshire. I have no experience of the appearance/format of aircraft movement cards in the 1930s. In the AB records there are often surprisingly long gaps eg 4 or 5 years between dates which suggests to me that events went unrecorded?
    I am not an expert but I believe in these situations personnel might be sent from the nearest airfield to deal with the aircraft. What was the nearest airfield to Thorne? Do the press reports record anything like that?
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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Thanks Paul, I appreciate it.

    Many thanks for the extra search, Steve. I appreciate your time. Paul found a few more articles - there aren't many - and one of them, states the origin was Kenley.

    I have no experience with movement cards either, unfortunately, but it would be no surprise if some didn't survive.

    The aircraft came down at Thorne, but he was underway from Kenley to Thornaby. Thornaby became a satellite of Catterick in 1939 (I think it was), which is why I wondered initially if it was a 26 Sqn Atlas.

    I would have thought there would be a little more information available 'out there' on an accident that saw an aircraft come down in suburbia, turn over twice and catch fire. Perhaps there would have been if it was fatal. Oh well, perhaps the records haven't survived.

    Thanks for your assistance

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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Found it, I think. There's a photo of the wrecked machine on page 16 of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of May 14th 1932, with the following caption:

    Plane Crash Near Doncaster
    The R.A.F. plane which crashed yesterday at Hatfield, near Doncaster, turning over twice and then catching fire. The pilot escaped unh
    urt.

    Looks like a Bulldog? Serial looks to be K1679? And it looks pretty second-hand!

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    EDIT - it's recorded here: http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accmisc.htm

    13.5.32
    Bulldog IIA K1679, 23 Sqn, Kenley
    Crashed and overturned, Hatfield, near Doncaster
    Pilot unhurt
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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Richard Cawsey had it should have checked


    13.5.32 Bulldog IIA K1679, 23 Sqn, Kenley
    Crashed and overturned, Hatfield, near Doncaster
    Pilot unhurt

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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Brilliant! Thanks so much Simon and Paul

    I didn't check Richard Cawsey's database as I had in mind that he only covered fatal accidents; clearly not!

    So a Bulldog of 23 Sqn, and not an aircraft of 26 or 608 Sqn! I said I was happy to be corrected, but it shows the pitfalls of making assumptions on circumstantial evidence.

    That said, the 23 Sqn ORB makes no mention of the accident, unfortunately. Still, the details provided by Richard Cawsey match those described in the various newspaper reports, so it definitely occurred.

    It frustrates me that so many ORBs do not mention NCO pilots. So much lost to history...
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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Steve

    If you want a copy of the photo from the newspaper, just drop me an e-mail and I'll send it over. It's not great quality, as it's a halftone print on newsprint, but clear enough to read the serial.

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    Thanks for the offer; will do.
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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Looked this up today in David Luff - Bulldog The Bristol Bulldog Fighter and AB serials

    Firstly - Sgt Nelson missing from 23 Sqn muster list - but that does not mean not on 23 Sqn (I do not know Luff source but maybe ORB and ORB's do not always mention NCO pilots in this period) - his service file would confirm where he was in May 1932 - In fact only 1 Sgt Pilot Sgt E D Jack listed (so we know we are missing some, I think most Sqns at time had at least 4 airman pilots)

    AB Serials has

    K1679 Deld to Kenley 27-3-31: Ftg Area 23.4.31 for 23 Sqn; IA:23.5.32 after crash?; SOC 4.7.32

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    Default Re: Seeking serial of 26 Sqn Atlas written off in accident, 13 May 32

    Thanks Paul, I appreciate the additional info and can confirm that Nelson is not mentioned in the 23 Sqn ORB.

    What's the 'IA' an abbreviation for? IE = immediate establishment, of course, but IA?

    Cheers
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