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    Hi,
    Anyone know the circumstances/nature of the flying accident In which Antonio Simmons Dini 40609 was killed? Accident occured at Hawkinge, May 31, 1940, Toni Dini was flying with 605 Squadron at that time.

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    Re: "For Your Tomorrow" Vol.1 page 82 (Errol Martyn):
    Hailed from New Zealand. Hurricane Mk.I serial L2117 - engine problems and crashed 6 miles N of Folkestone, Kent.
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    Hello Robert,

    Just a little more:

    Fri 31 May 1940

    FIGHTER COMMAND

    (duty?)
    605 Squadron, RAF (Drem, East Lothian - 13 Group)
    Hurricane I L2117 - took off from Hawkinge, Kent, but experienced engine failure shortly after take off. In attempting to force land, L2117 rolled over at low altitude and dived into a road 6 miles north of Folkestone. The pilot is buried at Hawkinge, near Folkestone. It was thought he may have been overcome by glycol fumes. The Squadron had left Hawkinge and moved north to Scotland three days earlier but it is not known why this aircraft was still at the former base.

    Pilot: 40609 Plt Off Antonio Simmons DINI, RAF - Age 22.

    See:
    For Your Tomorrow:A Record of New Zealanders who have Died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915. Volume One: Fates 1915 - 1942.
    Martyn,Errol W.
    Christchurch:Volplane Press,1998.
    p.82

    See also:

    Amendments to Volumes One & Two.

    VOLUME ONE.

    P.82; DINI, A S - the engine failure was apparently the result of a glycol leak that lead to overheating. Flew 'well over 500 hours', by 16 May 40.

    FYT3/546 (p.165 has a detailed biography of Dini).

    You also need to consult: Aces High/Shores & Williams p.222, and Aces High 2/Shores pp.75-6.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 6th September 2009 at 15:47. Reason: minor correction

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    Hi Henk and Col,
    Thank you both for that, filled the gap. I am aware of Dini's biography but it was that accident that was elusive.

    Best Wishes.
    Robert.

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