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    Default 406 Sqn ORB + RAF Station Acklington ORB

    Can anyone help please.

    I require the section of the 406 ORB covering Sept 1941 + RAF Station Acklington for the same period.
    This is with regards to Bristol Beaufighter R2473

    Thank you

    Chris

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    G'day Chris

    Not quite sure if you have the following gen or not.

    The pilot was C1179 F/O Hugh John Findlay. His nickname was 'Jock' but his family called him 'Joke'. Findlay's Wireless Op/Air Gunner was R63911 Sergeant Edwin Karl Vickers

    The Beaufighter took off at 21:35 hours and was accompanied by another Beaufighter flown by P/O J. Robert Browning Firth. The two crew were conducting G.C.I. and airborne intercept exercises.

    Findlay's call-sign was Osram 21. Osram was the codeword of the day. The aircraft spun on approach to landing and crashed onto Carruther's Farm. The aircraft disintegrated upon impact.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi Chris,

    Had most of the info thank you,
    main problem is I live & work in the area and no one call recall a Carruthers farm, the aircraft did crash at Eshott Park farm which is now called Eshott Birnie farm,

    I was hoping the records might shed a little more light on the subject

    many thanks

    Chris
    Last edited by Chris Davies; 10th May 2010 at 15:41.

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    Chris, Perhaps you have already tried this, but have you looked at a Kelly's Directory for the period? Sometimes they have surprising detail in the place-names. The same goes for some GPO phonebooks, and in both cases look at dates either side of the date you are chasing, the older the better as far as rural communities go.

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    The Farm has been known as Eshott Birnie since at least the late 1940s. I have an OS map of 1942 and the farm was then named as Eshott Park. The same family have owned and worked the farm since before WW2. Only thing I can think of is that there was a tenant farmer named Carruthers during that time and, it was known by the farmers name, a common practice. Otherwise it was Eshott Park. The landowners brother lived in Eshott Birnie since the end of the war anyway. I lived in the village.

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    Robert.
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    Further addition to the previous post. No Carruthers in the telephone directory, Eshott or Felton for 1941.

    Best Wishes.
    Robert

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    Another name similar to Carruthers that has been mentioned is 'Crowthers farm', but again, no one in the area can recall this name being in the area.

    regards

    Chris
    Last edited by Chris Davies; 11th May 2010 at 11:22.

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    Have you tried your local county archive as they may have a map from the period which might show that farm or give you more information...
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    Well gents,

    Got a positive Id on the site today, and it is Eshott Park farm (now Eshott Birnie) had the exact field pointed out to me.

    Chris

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