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    Default 09.08.45 Martinet Loss 776 Sqn Woodvale

    Hello All,

    Can anyone add any additional information, preferably a serial, for the 776 Sqn Martinet loss detailed below?

    09.08.45 Flying Accident 776 Sqn Woodvale, aircraft on radar exercise with Queen Charlotte when aircraft spun into sea 1m off Ainsdale Beach, Southport. Pilot C.P.O. KEEFE, Ernest James William (FX.112919) and TTO Air Mechanic 2nd Class MILLS, Anthony William Berry (FX.685551) both killed.

    Kind regards

    Tim

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    Have you googled the Southport papers. If it was something unusual sometimes they put stuff in the local papers. I found details about a Harrow Crash once by just doing that.
    Dee

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    Oggie2620,

    Thank you for your reply I will certainly follow this up.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Have you tried Sturtivants book Fleet Air Arm Aircraft of 39-45. He identified all but 8 or 9 of the 2000 of so Martinets made? Sod's Law, the one I was interested in was one of the 8 or 9!!
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    I checked the index does not list a Martinet serial for Keefe (as it is for all other know casualties) - So it looks like one of the 8 or 9 or an 'unidentified' incideny

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    Stuart / Paul,

    Yes have cross-referenced Sturtivants book Fleet Air Arm Aircraft of 39-45 and Chris Ashworths original reference work but to no avail! Out of interest Stuart which Martinet incident have you been researching?

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    Tim

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    Hi Tim
    Mine is 2nd December 1943 at Kingston Seymour near Clevedon, Bristol, Pty.Off. Pat. Hagerty and Airman Denis White. Built up bit of a file, traced both families, but never been able to confirm the serial number of the aircraft.
    Stewart

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    Gents

    MS512 is a possible candidate. No history recorded after Jan 1944 in Sturtivant/Burrow.

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    Thanks Dave. Spotted that but 2 + 2 only makes 3 1/2, and you always like that final confirmation.
    Stewart

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