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    Hi,

    Still going through my Gladiator accidents/losses. So far I have 426 incidents with 96 fatalities.

    Looking for the names of the pilots involved in the following 521 Sqn Met Flight accidents.

    16 Nov 44 K7972, flew into ground at night on SBA and hit ditch, Docking.
    11 Apr 43 N2307, Tipped up while running engine at Bircham Newton.
    8 Aug 43 N2309, Overturned after forced landing due to radio failure at Magdalen Road, near Kings Lynn.
    11 Dec 43 N2310, hit tree after attempting to force land after engine failure, Old Leake near Boston, Lincs.
    14 Sept 44 N5594, hit mast in fog and crashed at Docking.

    Any help appreciated.

    Alex

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    N2307 Cpl A H Salmon
    N2310 Sgt W McKay
    N5594 W/O R Hughes

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    Hi Ross,

    Many thanks.

    Alex

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    16.11.44 K7972 - P/W McKay

    From the 521 ORB:


    "T/O 0525, Down 0625.

    The pilot took off at Langham with cloud base 150 ft in darkness. and made an ascent over Docking to 24000 ft. He decided to make a descent below cloud at Docking on the beam. Having lowered to 50 ft over the drome and still in cloud (dark) the aircraft bumped badly on the aerodrome and the pilot knew his undercarriage was damaged and he crash-landed. There must have been an instrument lag on the altimeter. The Pilot has made many sorties under difficult conditions and has made many successful landings in the beam at Docking."

    I suspect your 8.8.1943 incident was actually a 1401 Met Flight aircraft, Alex. 521 Sqn disbanded on 31 March 1943 and reformed on 1 September 1943. Sorties between these two dates were flown by 1401 Met Flight.

    If no one else comes up with a name I know someone who might know.

    Brian

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    Hi Brian,

    Many thanks for the info.

    The date for N2309 should read 08/11/43 and not 08/08/43, typo on my part.

    Do you have the full ORB for 521 Sqn? I have another 2-3 incidents relating to the squadron.

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    N2309 F/L G Watson

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    N2309

    Alex,

    I've just remembered I have some pages of the 1401 Met Flight ORB for early August 1943. N5621 is the only Gladiator recorded as making met sorties on 8 Aug, at 0805, 1400 and 1950 hours.

    N2309 was used for the 0755 met sortie the following day (9 Aug) and at 2300 hours on the 10th, returning safely on both occasions. These are the only occasions that it is listed.

    According to the ORB the only incidents recorded between 1 and 18 August were:

    1. 1 Aug N5594 suffered a burst petrol pipe at 5000 ft.
    2. 4 Aug Spitfire 983 - engine failure
    3. Two Hampden met sorties were also curtailed (carburettor icing and over-heating engine).

    Brian

    Edit: Hadn't seen Ross's reply - or yours. Yup all of 521 ORB (I think).
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    N2309

    "T/O 1645 Down 1755:

    On returning in semi-darkness the aerodrome was obscured by bad visibility and a crash-landing made at Magdalen Road, south of King's Lynn. F/L Watson was only superficially injured but the aircraft was severely damaged and placed in Category B."

    Brian

    (Yes, I have - courtesy of Andy)
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    Hi Ross, Brian

    Thanks for the additional info.

    I have 3 other 521 Sqn accidents;

    28 March 44, N5621 swumg off runway at Great Massingham and hit obstruction. DBR.
    17 March 1943, N5897 ran short of fuel on met flight; hit ridge and force landed High Wham, Co Durham.
    27 Dec 1944, N5902, taxied into tree stump at langham. SOC

    Brian, I have a copy of Fly Off Alan R Pitchers' (521 Sqn) log book from Jan '44-Mar '45 if it is of any interest.

    Alex

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    The Spitfire:

    4 Aug '1943' Spitfire 983 - engine failure

    would be...

    BR983 VI 3099 EA M47 FF 27-6-42 33MU 5-7-42 616S 1-8-42 CB ops 19-8-42 Westland 24-8-42 521Met CommSqn 18-2-43 SOC 29-5-45

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