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    Default Hurricane crash just off the beach near Gatehouse of Fleet.

    Wreckage just off the beach is believed to be a Hurricane, has anybody any info on dates.
    This is the Lat. Long : N 54, 50', 47.79" W004, 13', 23.94"

    Because of the tides, I don't believe anybody has tried to recover it. Rumour has it, that it was a training flight that crashed in poor weather.

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    That'll be the Thunderbolt that crashed in 1944 (I think), killing the USAAF ferry pilot. It was en route south from Renfrew to Burtonwood or Warton. I have all the details somewhere, will try to find!

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    Ok many thanks

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    There was a distant photo of this wreck in Flight magazine many years ago, type unidentified. I believe it is P-47D 44-33143 which crashed in the area on 16 Feb 1945, 2nd Lt Robert E Knowles Jr being killed. He was in a flight of three P-47s flying from Renfrew to Burtonwood. The ceiling was very low and they were on the deck as they approached landfall from the Irish Sea. The leader said he was going up through the overcast but Knowles didn't make it. A fisherman reported that he dug a wing in the water and the aircraft cartwheeled. The location was in the bay half a mile SW of Cragmore Point. (Does that check?) He was from the 326th Ferrying Sqdn and the aircraft would have been brand new.

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    The place is about 1 mile NE of that point, on the south east side of the Water of the Fleet

    just off the northern edge of the beach at Airds Bay.

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    Could be another aircraft then! About time it (or they) were checked out. Maybe a local fisherman can be bribed to take you out there.

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    Just found out from another site, it may be the remains of a liberator.

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    I think that one is much further out.

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    Default P-47 off Gatehouse

    Sounds like the P-47 to me, 1 mile off is not bad going!

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