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    Hi
    Can anyone confirm if Brian Stanley Bannister DFC (43089) was killed in an flying accident caused by lightning on 17/07/1942.

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    Hello Motherbird,

    Bannister's loss was given a good airing here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4843

    Basically:

    17-7-1942
    No.24 Sqn
    Hudson N7253

    Transit flight to Hendon. Took off from Sydenham, County Down, N.Ireland, control lost in cloud and wing broke off, Tyn-y-bryne Farm, Nr. St Asaph, Denbighshire, N.Wales. (Poor weather conditions).

    Lightning?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 21st October 2009 at 02:21. Reason: minor correction

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    Lightning was deemed to be the likely cause of the loss of control which lead to structural failure.

    These are the conclusions from the AIB report.

    4. CONCLUSIONS

    (i) The accident was due to a structural failure of the port wing which became detached as the result of overstressing following loss of control in cloud.

    (ii) The loss of control is attributed to the fact that the aircraft was struck by lightning and it is probable that either the pilot was incapacitated (temporary blindness) by the flash of the discharge or that the aircraft was thrown violently from its flight path with consequent derangement of the instruments.

    (iii) Apart from the damaged wing tip and the possible detachment of the trailing aerial there was no evidence in any of the components not destroyed by fire to suggest that major structural damage had been caused by the discharge.
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Just for the record, the location is actually Tyn-y-bryn Farm, about one and a half miles SW of St Asaph in Denbighshire, N Wales. It's a long way from Glamorganshire!

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    thanks all

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    Hello Dave,

    Thanks for the correction. I have edited my post to avoid repetition.

    Col.

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    From the Northern Ireland Wills Calenders on PRONI website:
    Bannister Brian Stanley of 12 Myrtlefield Park Belfast member of H.M. R.A.F. died 17 July 1942 at Llanfair Ruthin Wales Administration Belfast 9 November to Frederick Charles Bannister linen manufacturer.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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