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    Default Lysander crash. Findhorn Bay 16 Mar 42.

    Hi,

    Can anyone add more detail to the following:

    Lysander Mk III R9120 of 19 OTU hit concrete block on the beach in Findhorn Bay on 16 Mar 1942. It had previously served with 110 Sqn RCAF. Pilot was Sgt Coogan with passenger Sgt Phillips. Apparently the first Lysander on the strength of Bomber Command to be lost in a crash.

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    Hi Tom,

    Found the following on your Lysander, it would appear that both are buried in Kinloss Abbey burial ground, and that your man Phillips was RAAF, There is are two files on Phillips in the Australian National Archives, though only one is open and available for request, see below:

    Name: COOGAN, THOMAS EDWARD
    Initials: T E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 16/03/1942
    Service No: 534642
    Awards: D F M
    Additional information: Son of William and Winifred Coogan, of Greasby, Cheshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 30. Row B.
    Cemetery: KINLOSS ABBEY BURIAL GROUND

    Name: PHILLIPS, BRIAN
    Initials: B
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 16/03/1942
    Service No: 402837
    Additional information: Son of Elias and Mavis Phillips, of South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 31. Row B.
    Cemetery: KINLOSS ABBEY BURIAL GROUND


    Title
    PHILLIPS Brian - (Sergeant); Service Number - 402837; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Lysander 3 R9120; Place - Findhorn Bay, Morayshire; Date - 16 March 1942
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    163/150/146
    Contents date range
    16 Mar 1942 - 2 Oct 1944

    Access status
    Open Location
    Canberra Barcode
    1059344


    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Items_listing.asp?S=1353&F=1&O=0&T=I&C=3

    Regards.
    Dave.

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    Hi Tom, hope you are well?

    There is a bit of additional information in the RAF Bomber Command OTU Losses Vol 7 by W R Chorley:-
    Took off Kinloss for a cooperation exercise in ground to air firing. While in flight, the propeller came off and though Sgt Coogan successfully put the Lysander down on the beach at Findhorn Bay, he was unable to prevent his aircraft from running into some anti-tank concrete blocks. Tragically, a fire started and though Sgt Phillips RAAF either extracted himself or was dragged from the inferno, he was so severely burnt that he died within a few hours of the crash (the time recorded as 1100). Along with his skipper, who gained his DFM, Gazetted 17 Jan 1941, flying Whitleys with 77 Sqdn, he rets in Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground. Their aircraft was the first of its type to be written off at a Bomber Command OTU.

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    Hi Dave and Linzee,

    Thanks to you both for comprehensive replies. My colleague who is researching Kinloss history will be very pleased.

    Yours aye

    Tom

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