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    I have an elderly gent friend who as a 17 yr old ATC cadet flew in a Beaufighter out of Catfoss on an air experience trip on 7/9/43 only to crash 20 mins later next to the church at Skipsea, Yorks. The pilot was a chap called Baldwin and the cause of the crash was supposed to have been lack of fuel. Both survived the crash, the aircraft broke in two but did not catch fire. Catfoss was at the time a Coastal Command training unit and the aircraft in question had a desert colour scheme.. This gent is now putting his memoirs together and asked for some help with possible details. Any information would be really appreciated... Thank you...
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    Hello Ndege,

    Are you sure you have got the year right?

    I have Beaufighter IC T3315, of No.2 OTU, force-landing at Skipsea, East Yorkshire, on 7-9-1942 after the starboard engine cut.

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    Thank you for that. You are correct and I assume his recollection is not quite as good as it used to be. This is a dramatic step forward..

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    Ndege,

    Don't be too hard on the "Old Bloke".

    Coastal Command.

    Analysis of Flying Accidents, Not Attributable to Enemy Action. Sept '42.

    No.2 O.T.U.

    Date: 7-9-1942
    Place: Skipsea.
    Category: "B"
    Type: Beaufighter
    Remarks: Faulty cockpit drill, failed to check fuel contents and engine failed. Disciplinary action taken.

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?.Barcode=477580

    See: p.354 of 437

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    Many thanks Col,
    I know he will be pleased in the morning when I tell him.
    By the way under WINGS PALETTE it says M (T3315) Idku, Egypt, lost to enemy action on 6th September 1941. I think the wires are crossed somewhere. However it does confirm the colour scheme.
    Rgds Kevin

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    Ndege,

    Beaufighter IC T3316, No.272 Sqn. Lost 6-9-1941.

    Col.
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    Your correction noted. Tks

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    Ndege,

    Our moderator (Ross), suggests that the pilot was Sgt R T Baldwin, both crew injured, but not fatal.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?6516-4020907-Unaccounted-airmen-7-9-1942

    Whilst not obligatory, the name of the ATC Cadet would be of interest.

    By the way, thanks for providing some very interesting background material on this incident.

    Col.
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    The ATC Cadet was William Sheldrick (Bill) who later went on to serve in the F.A.A. Any idea what happened to Sgt Baldwin ?

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    Without the 1180 to get the pilot's service number I can't be 100% certain but he was probably this person.

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1083248

    Missing in November 1942 with No.248 Sqn.
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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