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Thread: Whitney Straight Collision, North Weald, 19 April 1943

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    Default Whitney Straight Collision, North Weald, 19 April 1943

    Hi all,

    41 Sqn's ORB reports a collision between a 41 Sqn Spit Vb, which had landed correctly on the east-west runway at North weald, and a Miles M11 Whitney Straight, which had landed on the wrong runway, on 19 April 1943.

    My pilot, Polish Flt. Lt. Jerzy Solak, was on a non-operational flight and was uninjured, but the Spit was damaged to Cat. B status. The Mk. Vb was one of only two left on the Squadron as they had recently re-equipped with the Mk. XII.

    The ORB does not record the serials of either the Spit or the Whitney Straight, nor is there mention of the other crew (presumably two), their names, fates, etc.

    Can anyone help me with this information, please?

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    Steve
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    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Default Miles M11 Whitney Straight

    Hi Steve

    our old friend Wikipaedia states "At the outbreak of World War II the Royal Air Force impressed 23 Whitney Straights for use as communications aircraft. Twenty-one of these served in the UK, one in India and one in Egypt. One M.11A also served with the Fleet Air Arm from 1940 to 1943 and three with the Royal New Zealand Air Force." and also Mondey, David. The Hamlyn Concise Guide to British Aircraft of World War II. London: Chancellor press, 2002. ISBN 1-85152-668-4.

    Quite a few are available at http://used.addall.com/ if nobody comes up with an answer for you out of the 21 in the RAF UK - unless of course your one was the one that served with the Fleet Air Arm until 1943!! :-)

    What does the station ORB have to say about it?

    Enjoy Brunei and Thailand.

    cheers

    Allan
    Last edited by allan125; 17th September 2010 at 08:57. Reason: added query about station ORB
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    Miles Whitney Straight was probably ES922 (ex G-AERS) Cat B 19.4.43 when it was conveyed to Phillips & Powis as Cat.B. SOC on 31.5.43 as Cat.E1 It was on the books of the Northolt Station Flight at the time

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    Spitfire Production List has BL406 Vb with 41 Sqn FACB on 19-4-43 to AST

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    ES922 is in the AB Crash List for this date.

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    Thanks Allan, Paul and Dave; exactly what I needed.

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