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    Fg Off Jones C H Charles Henry Killed 14 Aug 29.

    Sutton Bridge ORB: Killed outside the Aerodrome in a crash in Gamecock J7914

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    Plt Off Thompson M S Malcolm Stewart Died 19 Sep 30

    Actually 20 Sep 30 -- 3 FTS ORB Grantham 20th Sept 30.P/O M Stewart Thompson killed as the result of a motor cycle accident
    at East Molsey (sic), Surrey -

    Saturday 20 September 1930 , Nottingham Evening Post , Nottinghamshire, England

    R.A.F. PILOT KILLED Stewart Thompson, 19, a Royal Air Force pilot stationed Grantham died Molesey Cottage Hospital on Saturday from injuries received when motor cycle collided with an iron fence at Walton-road, West Molesey, late Friday night. His pillion rider. Derrick Hartree, of Sugdenroad, , Long Ditton, was also injured

    Saturday was 20th, Friday 19th!

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    "Plt Off Campling A T B Arthur Thomas Blomville Killed 25 May 37. Possibly Audax K7471 which crashed into the River Tay." - He was not killed in Audax K7471


    Two killed last night when the 'plane in which they had been taking a pleasure trip crashed in flames near the railway line between Heydon Bois and Chigwell, Essex. They were Pilot-Off. Arthur Thomas Blomvill Campling , of 151 Sqn North Weald Aerodrome, and Peter Avison Scott, a medical student, who was his passenger.

    This was in de Havilland DH.60 Moth G-EBYH

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    F/L Peter Stuart Hastings died 30 Sep 37 (11 FTS RAF Wittering)

    Seriously injured in an RTC and admitted to Stamford Infirmary where he subsequently died of injuries - Age & Branch not known

    Husband of Mrs R.M.F. Ross of the Cottage, Thornhaugh, Cambridgeshire

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    Slight amendment to the above - it should read F/L Peter Stuart Hastings ROSS (Age 25) - all other details unchanged

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    An old thread I appreciate, but Sqn Ldr Palstra's story can be found at http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/APDC...-Man-Makes.pdf . I can forward a copy should anyone have difficulty in accessing the link.

    Brian

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    Sqn Ldr Martyn G Gilbert Died 28 Oct 36

    Died at Princess Mary RAF Hospital Halton Camp, Bucks

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    Plt Off Land H Harold (AAF) Killed 7 Mar 31. On Avro 504 H2975. Collided with Wapiti J9603 Kilmalcolm, Scotland.
    Plt Off Philips G C George Christopher (AAF) Killed 7 Mar 31 On Wapiti J9603 . Collided with Avro 504 H2975 Kilmalcolm, Scotland.



    Re above

    Found a detailed newspaper report on this today

    Port-Glasgow Express - Wednesday 11 March 1931 Page 3

    By the was AC2 Edward E Smith who baled out is AC2 Edward Ellice Smith (A.A.F.) #802189 - I had long suspected this but it was good to get a 100% positive ID after about 10 years

    The newspaper is very clear. Land was flying the Wapiti J9603 and Philips the Avro H2975 as can be seen below (not as stated above)

    “The pilots were attached to 602 B, City of Glasgow Bomber Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force, and were: Harold Land (24), Lincluden, Methven Road, Giffnock; and George Christopher Phillips (sic) (21), Chickley Cottage, Hayward Heath, Sussex. Both were unmarried. The air gunner, who escaped uninjured, was Edward Ellice Smith (20), apprentice engineer, 20 Rowan Avenue Giffnock. The aeroplanes were a two-seater Wapiti, No. J9603, and a single-seater (sic) Avro, No. H2975. Land was the pilot of the former, and was accompanied by Air Gunner Smith. Phillips was flying solo in the Avro.”

    The 'planes had evidently been out on a map reading test, and before returning to the Renfrew Aerodrome were doing some stunting in mid air. When between Port-Glasgow and Kilmacolm the 'planes were seen looping the loop, nose diving for a space, suddenly rising, banking, turning, and gliding.
    A fine view of the evolutions was obtained from the curling pond, where a party of curlers were engaged in a game. So close did the 'planes appear and distinctly were they seen that the game was stopped to watch them. One of the players was heard to remark, “These chaps are going to crash,' and another said: “Well so long as they don't fall and break the ice it won't matter."
    There was not the slightest indication of such a thing happening nor was there and suggestion for making the remark. The Avro machine had just finished doing a spectacular bit of banking, and alter the machines had separated for a distance of about fifty yards, the Avro turned towards the Wapiti 'plane, and this latter machine also turned towards the other.
    The aeroplanes were travelling at a great rate towards each other, and in the flash of an eyelid they appear to have collided. At the distance it was difficult to say accurately that the 'planes had collided, but they were so very close that it was assumed they had. The fears of the curlers were only too true, however, for in less than thirty seconds something was seen to fall from one of the machines.
    This turned out to be Air Gunner Smith having jumped from the Wapiti machine, and almost immediately the parachute opened, and Smith was being carried further away by the strong north easterly wind.

    The Wapiti machine, after striking the other, appeared to be all right, for it was turned towards Renfrew, but it then commenced to wobble and then to somersault towards the ground. The Avro glided in an opposite direction, and mark for the ground at a terrific pace. Then there was a loud crash, which was heard at Kilmacolm.
    The curlers rushed at different angles to the spots where they thought the machines had crashed. Some of the players in the excitement kept hold of their brooms. The crashed aeroplanes were soon sighted, and in their haste to get to them to render any possible assistance some of them ran into marshy ground and hail to wade through the muddy water which reached alone the knees. One of the number fell over a dyke and landed on his head, and although he was a bit shaken he rose immediately and ran on.
    Several of them got to one machine and the remainder to the other. Mr John Shields was amongst the first to reach the Wapiti 'plane, and here he was met by a ghastly sight. The pilot had evidently made an effort to jump from his plane by parachute. He was quite clear of the seat, but had evidently become entangled as the machine crashed to earth, and was unable to get free.
    Part of the wreckage lay on top of and with the assistance of Mr Wm. Stewart, gamekeeper, and one or two others the pilot was lifted clear of the wreckage. At first it was thought he still lived, but this was not so. He has sustained terrible injuries, his legs being fractured in several places, his lower jaw broken, his left arm was in a state of pulp, his skull fractured, while a piece of the wreckage had penetrated his forehead,. When it was definitely ascertained that he was dead his body was reverently covered with his parachute.

    The Avro machine was not so badly smashed as the Wapiti, but here also the pilot was dead. He evidently had not made any attempt to get out of the cockpit, but had possibly tried to effect a landing. He might have been successful in this had his 'plane not struck a rock and completely overturned. He had practically no bruises, nor were his legs, broken. He had several ribs fractured, while he also sustained a fracture of the skull. It was with considerable difficulty, that his body was removed from the 'plane. His head was towards the ground, and several straps had to be cut away, and parts of the mechanism broken off before he could be extricated. The "joy stick" was between his knees. .


    This is also confirmed by another report The Scotsman - Monday 09 March 1931 Page 9
    “Mr. Phillips was found dead , strapped in the cockpit of his machine ; and Mr Land was also found dead , a few feet from the wreckage of the larger aeroplane”

    i.e Land tried to jump as well as Smith, Philips tried to force land

    Also both Land and Smith came from Giffnock and may have known each other as it says of Smith

    “He returned later to the scene of the crash, and was visibly affected when he found that his friend, the pilot of the Wapiti machine, had been killed.”

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