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    Default Miles Martinet Mk.TTI EM639 24/09/1948

    Hello can anyone provide any information on this accident please,

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    Chris

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    Have you tried Ray Sturtivant's book 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945' sorry, haven't got the ISBN? There is a chapter on the Miles Martinet losses, all 2000 or so, except the one I was researching in the eight he hadn't positively identified. May give you a pointer. Copy could be in your local main library or 2-300 on Amazon, unless someone on the site can help.
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    Thanks Stewart,

    From what I have got, it took off from 2APS RAF Acklington & dived into the ground.

    Chris.

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    Chris,

    According to the relevant Air-Britain serials volume and Colin Cummings 'Final Landings', the date was the 28th, not the 24th. The latter has:

    28 Sep 48, EM639 Martinet TT1, APS, RAF Acklington, 1 killed
    The aircraft was about 600 yards from the end of the runway on final approach, when a puff of white smoke was seen from the engine and a loud bang was heard. The aircraft made a sharp turn to starboard and dived into the ground. The cause of the loss of control was not determined but may have been a stall or the failure of one of the flaps, whilst the engine was found to have been under power at the time of the crash.

    Pilot I Clarence Harker.

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    Errol,

    many thanks, the recorded transcript I have has it as 24th, however I have found several 'errors' with it whilst researching.
    Do you have any idea which runway or from which direction it was approaching?

    I take it that it was the pilot who died!
    Do you have the name of the second crew member?

    regards

    Chris

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    Forces Memorial Chris!
    http://www.forcesmemorial.org.uk/roll-of-honour.asp

    Surname HARKER
    Forenames/Initials CLARENCE
    Rank Plt 1
    Service Royal Air Force
    Service Number 655530
    Station RAF Acklington
    Place of Birth/Home Town Barnsley, Yorkshire
    Date of Birth 15 March 1920
    Age 28
    Date of Death 28 September 1948
    Cemetery Name WEST ROAD CREMATORIUM
    Cemetery Address NEWCASTLE ON TYNE Co. DURHAM
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour Yes

    Geoff Sullivan now has a basic search engine for that RoH also,
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/searchafm.php

    I can't see any other airmen I could connect to it and I imagine Cummings would list any other crew men.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Davies View Post
    Errol,

    many thanks, the recorded transcript I have has it as 24th, however I have found several 'errors' with it whilst researching.
    Do you have any idea which runway or from which direction it was approaching?

    I take it that it was the pilot who died!
    Do you have the name of the second crew member?

    regards

    Chris
    Chris,

    Nothing more to offer, I'm afraid. The above is the full transcript of Cummings' entry.

    Errol

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