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    Default Boulton Paul Defiant Sept 1941

    Just reading an extract from 'a history of the borough of Tunbridge Wells'

    'On 7th September a British plane got into difficulties owing to engione trouble over the town and landed at Charlton Nurseries, Eridge rd. The pilot bailed out and landed at Frant rd.'

    This just about inside Kent.

    Charlton Nurseries was at the railway arch where a garden center is found now.

    Please can anyone help me with the RAF record?

    Dave

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    Default Boulton Paul Defiant Sept 1941

    Hi Dave,

    The aircraft was Defiant 1 T4049 of 264 Sq from Colerne, entry in `Defiant Crash Log` by Nick Roberts states ` A/c abandoned over Elridge Rd, Tunbridge Wells,Kent, Cat.W.`
    7/9/1941.

    Sorry Dave no name for pilot.

    Regards
    Dave.

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    This is a good one for a Form 1180 request to DoRIS, if you haven't already requested one.

    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/contact.cfm
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    Dave,

    Defiant File - Alec Brew

    T4049 c/n 551 deld to 24 MU 4.4.41:264 Sqn 20.4.41 Engine cut ; crew baled out over Elridge Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 7.9.41: Sgt L. Tokarzyk injured

    Mark

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    Remarkable work !
    Thanks very much.

    I wouldn't be surprised if someone tries to build one soon!

    So many were lost during the BoB,

    Dave

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    Thanks to Toronto, too, for the link to Hendon archives.
    I've submitted a request, although I'm not certain the crash-card will be still there these days.
    Dave

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    Default Defiant in Nursery, T.Wells

    Another extract this time from DA Barmby's memories of T.Wells WW2, gives the exact time:

    'One local incident occurred on the 7th September for the day ended when a Defiant night fighter, crashed at 9.20 pm at Charlton's Nursery, Eridge Rd, and exploded. Fortunately both crew members escaped by parachute with the gunner landing at Southborough and the pilot in the grounds of 17 Frant rd.'

    Who was the pilot I wonder?

    Sgt Tokarzyk is not listed in the 264sqn pilot lists.

    Dave
    Last edited by david cullen; 11th September 2009 at 09:56. Reason: .

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    Hello,

    What is your source to say that Sgt TOKARZYK is not listed in No. 264 Squadron pilots' list ?

    The name sounds Polish. At that time, No. 307 Squadron was converting to Beaufighters. You may wish to check that Squadron ORB on line at :
    http://orb.polishaf.pl/unit/307sqn

    As was suggested to you, the accident card (form 1180) from the R.A.F. Museum would be the best source for information, and I don't understand your comment why it shouldn't be there now...

    Joss

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    Default Sgt L. TOKARZYK Polish??

    WW2 Pilot listings for 264sqn are published on the web.
    I searched under

    TOKARZYK
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    TOKARCZYK

    under this link, but no-one there.

    I agree its probably a Polish name, however.

    I read some time ago that many accident cards were stolen from Hendon in the 70's??

    Dave
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    Ludwik Tokarczyk was a ferry pilot, I believe with ATA. He passed away some 10 years ago in a quite decent age.

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