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    F/L N H Jenkins OBE, DFC, DSM, 16/12/29.

    A No.22 Sqn man with AA&EE

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    Struck high ground near Mount Ste Marie Du Zit, 30 miles S of Tunis at 18:45 hrs on record attempt to Cape Town.

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    Plt Off O'Reilly G V M Gerald Vincent Morse Killed 22 Jul 35

    No.22 Sqn, Vildebeest S1708 flew into the River Forth off Burntisland, Fife.

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    Fg Off Sutherland J A John Asher Died of wounds 5 Jun 36
    AC1 F G Chalk, 565153

    Both No.22 Sqn, killed when Vildebeest III, K4608 crashed at Hal Far.

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    Squadron Leader Nicholas Anthony PEARCE (1904-1939)

    1904 - Born, Ripley Court, Guildford, Surrey. Younger son of Mr Robert Pearce, Headmaster of Ripley Court School and Mrs Mabel Pearce.
    1925 - Joined RAF
    1927, September 24 - Granted commission as Pilot Officer
    1928, March 15 - Posted to No1 Flying Training School, RAF Netheravon
    1929 - Promoted to Flying Officer
    1929, April- Posted to RAF Biggin Hill Night Flying Unit flying Vimys.
    1930, March - Married Katherine Ann Macleod only daughter of the late James Torquil Magnus Macleod of Aros Rhu, Dumbartonshire, and Mrs. Macleod of Vale House, Iwerne Minster, Blandford at St. George, Hannover Square, London
    1931, August - 5 Posted to the Electrical and Wireless School, RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire.
    1931 Posted to RAF Mount Batten Marine Base
    1932, June 7 - Promoted to Flight Lieutenant
    1933 Posted to the Aircraft Depot, RAF Hinaidi, Iraq.
    1937, August - Promoted to Squadron Leader
    1937, August 3 - Posted to take command of No 102 Sqn, RAF Finningley, 12 Heyfords
    1938, July 16 - Posted to take command of No 76 Sqn, RAF Finningley, 12 x Wellesleys
    1939, January 1 - Died on active service from causes unknown at Savernake Hospital, Marborough, Wiltshire age 34 yrs
    1939, February 17 - Probate was granted 17 Feb 1939 to his widow, Mrs Katherine Anne PEARCE in the London Probate Registry- £4032=19s=1d.

    In 1940, Ripley Court School moved to Betton Strange Hall near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Mrs. Mable Pearce died in 1943.
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    Default Colin BYAR - permission to use the information in this post

    Quote Originally Posted by Errol Martyn View Post
    David,

    Here it is.

    Mon, Anzac Day 1938
    England
    Army co-operation searchlight exercise
    Wrightways Ltd (Croydon, Surrey)
    De Havilland DH84 Dragon I G-ACHX - took off at about 1900 but on returning to Croydon 2½ hours later the starboard engine failed during approach from the southwest. ACHX crashed into a row of trees near the Rose Walk and Promenade de Verdun intersection, Purley, a mile to the SW. The New Zealand wireless operator, Ernest Ratcliffe, received a broken right thigh, but his fellow countryman was more severely injured. It took a dozen firemen to lift the wreckage and finally extricate them, but the pilot died at Purley and District War Memorial Hospital three days later and was buried south of Croydon, at Wallington on 2 May.
    Pilot: Colin Calder BYAR - Age 25.
    Byar served with the RAF 1933-37 as a short service commission officer and was on the Reserve at the time of the accident. Army co-operation searchlight flights by civil aircraft were a regular event in 1938 as war appeared increasingly inevitable.

    An item in 'Flight' of 5 May 38 (which you may have seen) says that 'both petrol taps had been turned off', though I've not found confirmation of this statement elsewhere. The Croydon Archives Service of the Central Library at Croydon once sent me some extracts from the 'Croydon Times' that included reference to an inquest on 30 Apr where 'only formal evidence was taken...and that as the Air Ministry were conducting an inquiry, the inquest would have to be adjourned until a later date'. Not having the date of the continuation of the inquest CAS were unable to provide me with a copy of this.

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    Hi Errol

    I've photographed Colin Byars's family plot of at Bromley Cemetery in Christchurch and he is mentioned on it. Just wondering if I may use the information in this post [credited of course] for the bio i'm writing up for the grave? I upload my photographs to flickr.

    Have photographed quite a few RNZAF men's family plots in Bromley with their names mentioned.

    Many thanks
    Sarndra

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    Sarndra,

    Not a problem, I'm more than happy for you to use the material for your bio.

    Many thanks for asking.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Errol Martyn View Post
    Sarndra,

    Not a problem, I'm more than happy for you to use the material for your bio.

    Many thanks for asking.

    Cheers,
    Errol
    Many thanks for that Errol.

    Here are the photos:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/8333273616/in/photostream/
    and
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/8332214457/in/photostream/

    Have a great New Year :) a busy one researching no doubt!

    Cheers
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    Plt Off Robinson J L John Leslie Killed 6 May 38

    He lost his life as the result of injuries sustained in a motor car accident

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    For Flt Lt Tanner J S Joseph Seymour Killed 1 May 34

    Added the threee pictures of his Bulldog crash in our new Image Gallery.



    These photographs came from the collection of Deepak Singh, whose father trained in Cranwell in the early 1930s. Deepak always believed his father was involved in the crash (due to a family story about his father surviving an aircrash). Ofcourse after these photographs were sent, we updated him about the actual details. The wreckage didnt look as it came from a survivable crash.

    The Bulldog was from RAF Cranwell. On 1st May 1934, it collided with Hart K3152 & crashed. Both the crew - Pilot/Inst:Flt/Lt Joseph Seymour Tanner RAF killed. - Flt/Cdt:John Aickin Plugge RAF killed.

    More details at http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=68592
    I have had these photos for a couple of years now.

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    Fg Off Stroud R W A Richard William Alexander Killed 17 May 30
    Details from “Good God, Sir, Are You Hurt?” The Realities and Perils of Operating over India’s Troublesome North-West Frontier (Air Power Review Volume 14 Number 3 Autumn/Winter 2011)

    During one of the afternoon attacks on the 17th May [1930], Flying Officer P. W. A. Stroud,
    with No. 364367, A. C. 1. Wiltshire, C.S., as air gunner, descended to a low altitude [600
    feet] in order to use his rear gun effectively, and was shot from the ground and died
    almost immediately. The air gunner took over control of the aircraft and flew it back to
    the aerodrome [at Risalpur], but crashed on landing and received injuries from which
    he died.75

    It is likely that Wiltshire immediately clipped an emergency ‘stick’ into the flying controls, where
    they passed through the rear cockpit, and eased the aircraft away from further danger. In an
    emergency, this rudimentary control allowed a competent gunner to fly the aeroplane back
    to base employing the auxiliary throttle, but without the benefit of a duplicate rudder control.
    It was good practice to allow air gunners to fly Wapitis in this way from time-to-time to allow
    them to gain a basic level of flying competence. ‘Wiltshire’s courageous act was officially
    recognised by a near-unique posthumous promotion to the rank of Corporal – an ‘award’
    which may seem curious to any present-day airman but indicative of the esteem and authority
    enjoyed by a junior non-commissioned officer in that period.’76

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