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    Default 25.8.1952 Honkong 80 Sq - 2 Hornets collision

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if there are available any more details about the mid-air collision of Hornets F.Mk.3 WB903 and WF958 from 80 Sq RAF near Honkong on 25.8.1952.
    Mainly I am interested in the names of pilots who both were killed.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    Have one name for you, which I can't allot to an aircraft:

    Armed Forces Memorial - ROLL OF HONOUR.

    Surname: CLARKSON
    Forenames/Initials: NORMAN ROSS
    Rank: Plt Off
    Service: Royal Air Force
    Service Number: 3039022
    Station: RAF Kai Tak
    Place of Birth/Home Town: NORTH FINCHLEY, LONDON
    Date of Birth: 29 December, 1926
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 25 August, 1952
    Cemetery name: Terendak Mil. Cem. Malacca, Malaysia.
    Grave Section: Memorial
    Grave Row: Wall
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial; Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour: Yes

    http://www.forcesmemorial.org.uk/roll-of-honour/R2410-CLARKSON

    Pilot Officer N.R.Clarkson was a member of No.80 Squadron.

    Col.
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    Hi Col,

    many thanks! It seems to be the man who was not found as the second body was recovered by Sunderland.

    BTW how you find this record - any chance to find the second one?

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    The info came from an unsourced note in my No.80 Squadron File.

    and...

    TWO R.A.F. FIGHTERS IN COLLISION.
    Hong Kong. Aug. 25. - One pilot was fatally injured and the other is missing after two R.A.F. Hornet fighters crashed into the sea after having been in collision near here to-day. The pilot who later died was picked up by the Danish freighter 'Heinrich Jessen'. Later she transferred the man to a Sunderland flying boat which the R.A.F. had sent - Reuter.

    The Times Tuesday, August 26, 1952.

    Col.
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    Lovely! Many thanks Col!

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    Hi Pavel

    Cumming has the following

    Plt Off Clarlson - WF958

    Flt Sgt Peter Raymond Starkings - WB903

    Malcolm

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    Many thanks for info Malcom.

    May I have a question - maybe a little stupid one - but what means "Cumming has the following"? I suppose it is your source or source book but can be more specific please?

    Thanks

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    Pavel,

    Armed Forces Memorial - ROLL OF HONOUR.

    Surname: STARKINGS
    Forenames/Initials: PETER RAYMOND
    Rank: Flt Lt
    Service: Royal Air Force
    Service Number: 3043907
    Station: RAF Kai Tak
    Place of Birth/Home Town: ACLE, NORWICH
    Date of Birth: 12 January 1927
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 25 August, 1952
    Cemetery Name: COLONIAL CEMETERY
    Cemetery Address: HONG KONG
    Grave Section: 17A
    Grave Number: 10746
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial: Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour: Yes

    http://www.forcesmemorial.org.uk/roll-of-honour/R2408-STARKINGS

    Col.

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    Hi Pavel

    I meant the series of books by Colin Cummings covering RAF losses from VE-Day to 2009

    Last Take Off covers 1950 - 1953

    By the way your request helped me find the the link to W M L MacDonald from the index pages was missing - many thanks

    Malcolm

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    Many thanks Malcom - and I am also pleased I was able to help you a little bit - though I jave no idea I am helping you :-)

    Pavel
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