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    I found an article in an old Flight magazine from July 1933 saying the following RAF personnel have qualified for Caterpillar Club membership:

    F/L J. Moir
    F/O A.C. Drew
    LAC M.G. Friese-Greene

    These are:

    Flight Lieutenant James Francis MOIR
    Flying Officer Arthur Columba DREW
    364651 Leading Aircraftman Maurice Glynne FRIESE-GREENE DFM


    FRIESE-GREENE won the DFM for services rendered in connection with the operations
    in Northern Kurdistan during the period December, 1931óJune, 1932 ( I wonde if this is a clue??)


    Can anyone pin down a date/aircraft for these ?

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    Paul

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    Drew was the pilot of a 55 Squadron Wapiti that crashed in an accident on the 12th June 1933 near Hinaidi (Iraq). The aircraft caught fire at 7000 feet and the occupants jumped with their clothes on fire. Drew died of his injuries on the 19th. The other occupant of the aircraft was Friese-Greene.

    Source: The Times 20th June 1933 (pg. 16; Issue 46475; col F )

    Moir's was a seperate incident. There's an old thread about him but there doesn't appear to be any mention of any crashes:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=8607&forum=DCForumID 6&archive=yes

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    Hello,

    Wapiti IIA K1390, 55 Sqn. Caught fire in air and crashed in Iraq 12-6-1933. (needs update from K-File)

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    A pic of K1390

    http://www.nvva.nl/renekrul/catalogs/westland.wapitis.iia.k1390-55.etc.jpg

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    Amrit/Col

    Thanks for that.. OK I now know Drew and Friese-Greene were in the same aircraft

    and I can guess that Flight Lieutenant James Francis MOIR's incident was sue to him testing a new aircraft at Martlesham Heath I guess (based on the Wapiti date) I am looking for an accident in May/June/July at Martlesham Heath

    Paul

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    On 19th May AAEE's Bulldogs K2201 and K2191 collided - G E Campbell DFC was killed in one. I can't find who the pilot of the other was but it's a possibility.

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    Bingo Amrit!

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    19 May K2191 Bristol Bulldog Martlesham collision, pilot J.F. Moir
    19 May K2201 Bristol Bulldog Martlesham collision, pilot G.E. Campbell

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    Hello,

    It was during the afternoon of Friday 19 May 1933, whilst practising at Martlesham for the forthcoming Hendon Air Display, that he ( F/O A J 'Bill' Pegg), was part of a trio in which two colleagues, Flight Lieutenants J W Moir and G E Campbell collided. The three aircraft were at the top of a formation loop when two of the aircraft, K2191 and K2201, touched, with disastrous effects for Campbell who was a newcomer to the Flight. Moir baled out, but poor Campbell failed to do so as the two aircraft fell earthwards, one diving straight in and exploding, whilst the other appeared, to Pegg, to gently spin into the ground. F/O Pegg landed safely back at the airfield, much to the relief of his wife who was watching, unsure who was the victim.

    See:
    Bulldog:The Bristol Bulldog Fighter.
    Luff,David
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1987
    p.65

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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 11th February 2010 at 12:02.

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    Col/Amrit

    QED in just over 2 hours!

    Thanks!

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    The Times reports that Campbell actually died of his injuries later that day rather than being killed outright.

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