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    Hello,

    Would be most appreciative if someone with the AA100 to AZ999 A-B Vol., could provide me with a full service history/fate, of Tomahawk IIB AK248.

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    Col.

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    Col,

    2 SAAF/4 SAAF/5 SAAF

    Caught fire and abandoned, El Mikheirta, 30.7.42

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Very helpful.

    That accounts for Lt W.H.G. Bidwell SAAF on 30-7-1942.

    Thanks,

    Col.
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    Hi Col

    Further from Errol's info.

    AK248 was only with 5 SAAF from 24th Jul until the 30th Jul, having been test flown at 107MU on the 23rd Jul and then delivered. No record of it at 4SAAF (maybe just not found in the records), and it was damaged when it force landed in a sandstorm on the 7th Feb 1942 whilst with 2SAAF.

    Notes on this aircraft show the below
    Aircraft was on an operational sortie when it caught fire and aircraft was abandoned by the pilot at 600ft over El Mikheirta. Aircraft nosed in and exploded.

    I can also confirm that the pilot was Lt H.W.G.Bidwell 99485 (ORB states H.W.G.Bidwell - Not W.H.G), and having bailed out returned to his Unit

    Buz

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    Hi Buz,

    Thanks for the additional detail on AK248/Bidwell, his service number is a nice bonus. I see from my notes l have transposed his first two initials.

    I notice from Fighters Over the Desert (pp.123-4), he was shot down and wounded on June 9, 1942.

    Appreciate your help.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th August 2010 at 10:14.

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    Col,
    Tomahawk IIB AK415 of 5 (SAAF) Sqn was shot down by Bf 109s 9-6-1942 near Bir Hacheim.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk and Col

    AK415 was being flown by Lt H.W.G.Bidwell 99485 on the 9th Jun 42, however there is some confusion on the serial (if it was AK415, AM415 or AN415), need to investigate further (I say this as all three aircraft had been SOC by the date of the 9th Jun, AK415 on 16/5/42, AM415 22/2/42 and AN415 22/2/42).

    Aircraft was coded GL-T (which ever one it was)

    Buz

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    Henk/Buz

    Thanks for your help.

    Col.

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