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    Default Gladiators of 263 Squadron

    Wings over Gloucestershire reports the collision of two 263S Gladiators ex Filton on 29/3/40 and records the serials as N5588 and N5960 (sic probably means N5690) DED Mason and J Nettleton killed.

    It is recorded elswhere (ABS & Hakan's Aviation Page ) that N5588 was lost in Norway, whilst N5690 was soc 5/4/40, is no doubt as a result of this incident.

    Does anyone have an idea about the real situation please?

    BTW Hakan's Aviation Page (http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_raf.htm).

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    'Mason' was P/O Darrell E.D. MILSOM - 33466 and Nettleton P/O Patrick J.M. NETTLETON - 33483. Both buried 2-4-1940 in Bristol (Canford) Cemetery. What was their place of death registration ?
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    Hi
    They are both registered at Thornbury, Gloucestershire and right for the area around Filton where the a/c were probably operating. The registration is in the 2nd Qtr of 1940 but the incident did occur right at the end of the 1st Qtr
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    Hi Dave

    Filton ORB records:

    29/3/40, 12.17, N5588 and N5690 collided in mid air through error of judgement, crashed at Alverston (sic). (SLO reports position 1m E of Marlwood Farm, Thornbury). PO DED Milsom and PO PJ Nettleton killed.

    The largely unintellible F78s add nothing useful in either case

    Haven't we discussed this one before?


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    Niall

    Thanks for that. Can I take it that you quote from the station ORB rather than the squadron ORB?

    I have contacted Hakan who's Web page I cited earlier and he has quoted from the squadron ORB which does not mention the serials. He will be interested to know that the a/c are positively identified.

    Thanks again.

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    Hi Dave

    Yes the info is a direct quote from the ORB for RAF Filton (AIR 28/282).

    The Form 78s simply record that the aircraft were transferred to 43 Group as Cat E on 5/4/40 and give a reference number, but no detail as to cause. I haven't yet seen the F1180s for this incident - which might at least help to identify who was in which aircraft.

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    Gents,
    Also interested to know who was on which aircraft.
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    Hello Niall,

    Thanks for the additional info on this accident!

    "As usual", it's most impressing to see which kind of deep knowledge that's exchanged quickly and kindly at this forum!

    Best wishes/Håkan
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    So what Gladitaor was lost in Norway if it was not N5588???
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    Hi Paul,

    You could try looking through the 1940 Gladiator losses in Norway here to see if it helps http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/allied-2.html

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    Linzee

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