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    Default HP Sparrow K6994 and K6937, No. 271 Squadron, September 1944

    Hello,

    I'm trying to find more details about Handley Page Sparrow K6994. Here's the entry in the form 540 of No. 271 Squadron ORB on 11th September 1944 : "while flying from B6 to collect casualties, Sparrow K6994 flown by F/Lt Speller with F/O Birke and Sgt Simpson as crew, developed engine trouble and had to force-land. The landing was carried out successfully in a field (position 360° CAUDEBEC 4') without any damage to the aircraft or injury to the crew".

    Do you think is it likely that an accident report (form 1180) may have been filed for this incident ? Does someone have further informations about either the plane or the crew ? I have already checked in Air-Britain's K File.

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    Still from the form 540 :" On 13th September 1944, Sparrow K6937 flown by F/Lt Buchanan developed engine trouble over the sea when returning to B6 from Doncaster after a minor inspection. F/Lt Buchanan crash landed on an american airstrip, damaging his aircraft and a Dakota which was about to take off. There were no casualties."

    Air-Britain's K file shows the plane was struck off charge on 15th October 1944, as "Damaged beyond repairs", but doesn't give a location either.

    Can someone tell on which airfield this forced-landing occured ? I also seek confirmation that the pilot was F/Lt William George Elliott BUCHANAN, 128988, who is also mentioned in this other thread :
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7386

    I'm also trying to find online details about allied airmen from Chile, CWGC shows that Buchanan's parents were George and Luisa Valdez de Buchanan, of Santiago, Chile. I haven't been able to find anything on the web.

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Hello Joss,

    my K File (Hard Back) has

    K6994
    93 Sqn damaged by premature mine explosion 14.3.41, ROS;271 Sqn 11.6.41 as BJ-U; Tollerton 8.9.42 and cv to Sparrow; 271 Sqn 27.1.43;
    271 Sqn Damaged in air raid Evére 1.1.45 SoC 20.2.45.

    K6937
    271 Sqn 18.6.42 as BJ-C Engine cut; hit C-47 in emergency landing on US airstrip, NORMANDY, 13.9.44; SoC 15.10.44 as DBR.
    So look for a C47 damaged or destroyed on the ground in Normandy on the 13th September 44.

    All the best
    Alex

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    Spring Aeromilitaria 1989 has the Harrow damaged/destroyed at MELSBROEK allong with 6 others on 1st Jan 1945:

    Harrow 7/271 K6943, K6951, K6973, K6986, K6993, K6994, K6998, K7024

    I wonder what the Bodenplatte Book has ?

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    Hello,

    Thanks Alex and Paul for the trouble of answering my message. I have a copy of the K File (hard back too) as I mentioned in my first post, to avoid duplicate effort.

    Paul, can you check in aeromilitaria (I have the recent years only, being an Air-Britain member since 2001 only) if the location of K6937 forced-landing is mentioned ?

    I'll contact the R.A.F. museum at Hendon to apply for a copy of the accident card, which should contain this information, as well as the complete identity of the pilot (initials and service number).

    Thanks again to you both

    Joss

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    Joss,

    Go to your copy of "Aircraft For The Many"/Bowyer, and turn to pp.143-6. Check p.144 particularly.

    Col.

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    Hi Joss,

    In the book "Though Without Anger" this is what it is stated for 13 Sep 44, K6937, 271 SQn :

    " Temporary airstrip Normandy" . It is said that the pilot was adjacent to an emergency airstrip A220 operated by the USAAF when the starboard engine failed"

    Hope this helps

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossleclercq View Post

    Paul, can you check in aeromilitaria (I have the recent years only, being an Air-Britain member since 2001 only) if the location of K6937 forced-landing is mentioned ?
    Aeromiltaria had an article on Bodenplatte losses NOt on Harrows so no more info.. However, it might be in Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope -: The Attack On Allied Airfields, New Year's Day 1945 by John Manrho and the late Ron Putz

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    Just had a look in my Sqn book and its says the following:

    Other types were also used in small numbers but major re-equipment cam in Jan 44, when Dakotas were received and the sqn became an airborne forces unit. Harrows were still retained for ambulance flights and soon after the sqn had supplied 22 glider tugs for D-Day, these began operating casualty evacuation missions from the beach head. After losing 7 Harrows in the German air attacks on Evere on 01/01/45, the Harrow flight was converted to Dakotas, the last being replaced in May 45.....
    Dee
    PS the book is The Sqns of the Royal Air Force by James Halley. Its a mine of information about where sqns were based and what they flew!

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    Joss, Do you have the CWGC details for these?
    ADAMS-LANGLEY JA 156744 106 SQDN 08/07/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    BACKHOUSE FL 1393720 106 SQDN 28/07/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    BLANDFORD SK 1393703 10 SQDN 22/10/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    BOCK RNW 115155 168 SQDN 14/01/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    BUCHANAN WGE 128988 271 SQDN 15/01/1946 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    CHARLES RB 123477 220 SQDN 05/03/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    CLARKSON HP 1376787 75 SQDN 14/07/1941 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    COOPER TN 68807 515 SQDN 06/11/1944 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    HOGGE RNDC 1805247 - 19/11/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    MACAULIFFE N 1382112 - 21/07/1942 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    MCDONALD WT 1553032 50 SQDN 25/10/1942 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    NEWCOMB RW 161280 57 SQDN 18/11/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    POLLOCK EA 124182 166 SQDN 01/02/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    RANDLETT P 1393710 - 24/07/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    ROSE-PRICE AT 39762 501 SQDN 02/09/1940 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SCOTT CI 1382097 - 02/07/1942 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

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    Hello,

    Thanks to you all for your help.

    Col, thanks for spotting the initials of F/L Buchanan on page 144 of "Aircraft for the many". Definitely the same man who lost his life in the crash of Dakota KN557 on 15th January 1946. I have the form 540 of the Squadron O.R.B. for September 1944 (both Dakota and Sparrow flight), but not the form 541 yet, which will be soon corrected in a couple of weeks.

    I've asked the R.A.F. Museum at Hendon for a copy of the accident card for K6937 today.

    Phil, thanks for checking "Though without anger", which is in my "wants" list for 2010. I need now to find where this emergency airfield A220 is.

    Paul, I thought there might have been an earlier series of articles covering planes / losses, either by date or by type, as they are currently doing on the Spitfire for example.

    Oggie, I'm mostly using W/C Jeffords' R.A.F. Squadrons, plus Air-Britain's volume on support and support training units, and many others books, but I don't have that volume.

    Kevin, I don't quite understand your message, apart the inclusion of W.G.E. Buchanan...

    Thanks again for your help, which contributes, one way or another, to the research started about the loss of Dakota KN557 near Marseille, and a new memorial under project over there (I live in the totally opposite direction in France).

    Regards

    Joss

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