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    Hi All

    A couple of queries from this date.

    KIRTON, ARTHUR PAUL MONS; Sgt 1172546 of No 21 OTU was killed and registered in North Cotswold. Three others were killed and one died from his injuries aboard Wellington IC, L7893 which crashed at Moreton-in-Marsh. Chorley only lists five aboard L7893 but was Kirton also onboard?

    FIELDER, GORDON RHODES; Sqn Ldr 37764 - was he flying Mohawk BJ449 which crashed at Farnborough?

    All the best

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    Hello Malcolm,

    Re: Fielder.

    BRITISH FLIGHT TEST FATAL ACCIDENTS - 1940-1945.

    DATE; February 4, 1942.
    TAKE-OFF POINT: Farnborough, Hants.
    CRASH LOCATION: Farnborough, Hants.
    AIRCRAFT TYPE & SERIAL: Curtiss Mohawk Mk IV.
    CREW FATALITIES: Sqn Ldr G.R.Fielder, RAE Engine Research Flight TP.
    PURPOSE OF TEST FLIGHT: Test of new engine installation.
    ACCIDENT DETAIL: Aircraft stalled, after engine failure, whilst attempting a forced landing.

    See: http://www.testflyingmemorial.com/1940-45.htm

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 21st July 2009 at 18:53. Reason: minor correction

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    Many thaks Col

    I've bookmarked the website you mentioned.

    Malcolm

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    Hello, once again Malcolm,

    Re: Kirton.

    More questions than answers on this one!

    This accident has already been covered here: http://rafcommands.com/forum/printthread.php?t=4785

    I noted at the time, that Kirton's death was registered at North Cotswold, Gloucestershire, and therein lies the problem.

    I can only suggest you take a look at the original casualty signal from 21 OTU, here: NAA: A9301 407164 p.75 of 120.

    May I ask your source for quoting Kirton's unit as 21 OTU?

    Kirton is not listed by Chorley in BCL9RoH. (An oversight?).

    Regards,

    Col.

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    Hi Col

    I don't know where I got him as 21 OTU from probably linked as a result of the registration district and forgot to make a note.

    The original casualty report does not mention Kirton so will assume he was kille/died in the same area in an unrelated incident.

    All the best

    Malcolm

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