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    Default F/L Cockburn´s Typhoon

    Hello,
    6/10/1944, during taking off of the 245 Squadron´s aircraft, a tyre on F/L Cockburn´s Typhoon burst, causing the undercarriage to collapse and write-off of the airplane. F/L Cockburn was unhurt.
    Was that aircraft really lost or did continue its career?

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    Hello Mojmir
    No accident record card for that date involving 245 Sq, nor any record of a Typhoon being written off on that date. Where does the info come from?
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    I am wondering - is that date meant to be 10th June or 6th October 1944?? Most users of this board use the day/month/year format (I think!)
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    No 245 Sqn Typhoon for 10th June and 6th October 1944 in my files.
    164 Sqn lost MN305/V 10-6-1944 as it bellylanded on approach Thorney Island.
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    Good thought David but nothing in my records either - for 6 June or 10 Oct, 1944 (or 43). That doesn't mean to say it didn't happen of course ...

    To make research of this incident worse, 245's ORB is one of those which does not quote serials (or even codes).
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    Dear Chris, David and Henk,
    this info is from Tony’s war. Ms Zweigbergk used excerpts from the ORB of No 1, 181 and 245 squadrons in her book. Unfortunately, in the book there are some print mistakes and 6/10/1944 is one of them. The date 16/10/1944 is to be correct. During reading of the book I have remarked accidents and ignored this discrepancy. Sorry...
    With this date the problem is same – no Typhoon of 245´s or other squadron was lost.
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    There is a an accident card for F/Lt Cockburn's misadventure on 16 Oct 44. The aircraft was MP155 and it was deemed 'Category Ac' and repaired by 418 R&SU. It was back with 121 Wing by 23 Oct and continued in service with 245 Sqn until the unit returned to the UK in August 1945; their aircraft were processed by 83 Group Disbandment Centre at Lasham and MP155 was allocated, as instructional airframe 5666M, to 4 SoTT St Athan. It was SOC there in February 1946.

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    Thank you very much, Chris. The diarist evidently misjudged the damage...
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