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    Default One for Henk?

    Hi Henk

    I wonder if your researches have revealed the serial numbers of the following aircraft involved in fatal crashes in 1940? Any help would be appreciated.

    22/4/40 Skua of 803 Squadron (L/Air Kenneth Brown killed)

    19/6/40 Hurricane of 7 OTU (Sub-Lt Marks killed)

    3/7/40 Shark of 774(T) Sqn (Lt Miller killed)

    6/10/40 Swordfish of 825 Sqn (Lt Watt killed)

    17/11/40 Proctor (PO(A) Eves killed)

    Cheers
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    Hello Brian,

    Re: 6-10-40 Swordfish of 825 Sqn (Lt Watt killed).

    This is, Lt (A) Dudley Alastair Nixon WATT RNVR.

    I have seen two units quoted for Watt, namely - 812 and 816 Sqns. Now you mention 825 Sqn!

    A few years ago the following was published in FlyPast.

    'Lost Fish'.

    Concerning F.A.A. losses in the Battle of Britain, (Question & Answer, June 86).
    You speak of a Swordfish down near Clacton at 1.46 a.m. on Saturday October 5, 1940. A Swordfish of No.812 Squadron, returning from France short of fuel, flying low, and flashing a white light was shot down by machine-gun fire. It crashed in the sea 200-300 yards from shore at Lion Point, Jaywick, Essex. Two of the crew, Lt Deelray and Leading O/C. Beradge swam ashore. The body of the pilot, Lt Dudley Watts [sic] was washed up on the beach next morning. (N.Nugent,of Essex.).

    See: Flypast. September, 1986. p.68 (Letter).

    No story on Watt, would be complete without the reading of the following:

    Dangerous Dan. by Arthur Ord-Hume.
    Aeroplane Monthly November, 1973 pp.355-7

    I have never found a serial for Watt's Swordfish. Ray Sturtivant does not mention one in The Swordfish Story p.178.

    Looking forward to seeing what comes in on Watt.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 5th November 2009 at 11:33. Reason: minor correction

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    http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-4010-23OCT01.htm

    Sunday, 6 October (1940)
    "A British Swordfish of 825 Squadron from aircraft carrier FURIOUS crashed off Clacton. Temporary Lt (A) D. A. N. Watt RNVR, was killed. "

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    Default Dudley Watt

    Hi Col

    Many thanks indeed for that. And a friendly fire incident as well!

    I haven't a copy fo the Aeroplane Monthly you mention - and chance of a scan? My e-mail address is
    briancullauthor@fsmail.net

    Cheers
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    Gents,
    WATTS in my files under temp serial Y0126
    BROWN ditto under temp serial Y0066
    For Proctor I've X8903 and crew: Petty Offr H.G. EVES, Supply Asst K. PIMLOTT and Ldg Supply Asst R.N. SMITH.
    For MARKS (7 [C]OTU) suggest Hurricane P2566. (Stalled off turn and dived into ground Brynsfoot, Holywell, Cornwall).
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Default Serials

    Many thanks, Henk

    Almost there!

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Brian,
    Picking at things, the Hurricane would have been from 7 OTU, not 7 (C) OTU,

    7 OTU became 57 OTU 28/12/40

    http://www.rafcommands.com/Fighter/7otuF.html

    The Coastal OTU was formed in 1942.
    http://www.rafcommands.com/Coastal/7%20OTU_1.html
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    Default David Kenneth Marks

    He flew Hurricane I P2566 - according to Air Britain Aeromilitaria 118.

    /John

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