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    Default 430106 - Unaccounted airmen - 6-1-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    LAC Thomas E. EVANS - 1419519.

    B - Not found in Flight archives:
    S/Ldr Allen B. MITCHELL - 39827.

    Proposed aircraft losses:
    Oxford I - V4049 - 1 BAS - abandoned in bad weather Otmoor,Oxfordshire.
    Gladiator I - K8044 - ECFS - flew into ground Hullavington.
    Gladiator II - K8026 - 2 AACU - crashed on approach Roborough.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Evans recorded at Cardigan North.

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    Hi Henk
    Mitchell is buried at Pitlochry in Scotland and his wife and parents came from there, if he died there he is out of my range and he wasn't on the England and Wales register
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    Henk,
    After a bit of searching, have come up with Sdn/Ldr A.B. Mitchell died from multiple injuries after aircraft accident at Leuchars, 06/01/43 along with F/Sgt L.M. McLean, RCAF, whose death was also from multiple injuries. Further searching comes up with a 1406 Flight Master stalling and spinning in at Leuchars on 06/01/43, whilst "shooting up the aerodrome" Court of Inquiry attributed blame on too steep a turn whilst low flying.
    Last edited by AlanW; 16th February 2010 at 20:03.

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    Hello Henk,

    Gladiator K8026 No.2 A.A.C.U. 'C' Flight, F/Sgt C.R. Sar (Polish) hit obstruction (believed flagpole!) on landing at Roborough. Weather poor with low cloud and mist, pilot decided to land immediately due to deteriorating weather conditions. Sar injured but walked away from the accident.

    Trust some of this is of use.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Hello,

    6-1-1943
    1406 Flt.
    Miles Master I T8616

    Spun into ground on low level run, Leuchars.

    Col.

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    its not really needed but S/L Mitchell is listed KOAS in the Flight magazines, F/Sgt Mclean is KOAS in the RCAF list on that magazine also, casualty list 213

    Mitchell is scanned as A. B. MitcheU; a problem with the last two letters mis scanned as a U. Found by searchign for A. B. Mit
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks friends for your much appreciated help. McLEAN already was in my files on Master T8616.
    Regards,
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    Col,

    Could you check that T8616 was on the strength of 1406 Flight? 1406 METEOROLOGICAL Flight never, so far as I'm aware, used Miles Masters (wouldn't have had the required performance amongst other things). I suppose it might have been a hack, but the unit's establishment at the time is listed as a mix of Sptifires, Hudsons and Hampdens.

    Brian

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    Brian,

    No.1406 Flight

    Formed 9.5.41 as No.1406 Meteorological Flight formed at WICK in No.18 Group with 1 + 1 Spitfire; 7.2.42 absorbed No.1408 Flt with Hudsons; 11.42 establishment 4 + 2 Hudson III, 4 + 2 Hampden, 2 + 1 Spitfire IIa; Absorbed into No.519 Sqn 7.8.43.

    Aircraft:

    Hudson III,V (AE531); Hampden I (AD741); Spitfire I,IIa,VI (P8514); Ventura II (AJ444); Albemarle (P1408).

    Support aircraft:

    Master I (T8616)

    See:
    Royal Air Force Flying Training and Support Units
    Sturtivant,R, Hamlin,J & J J Halley.
    Tunbridge Wells:Air Britain (Historians),1997.
    p.130

    Col

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