View Full Version : Mystery Bale-out January 30th 1929 or 1930 F/O J. W. Gillan Diss Norfolk

2nd May 2012, 14:55

Another mystery I have F/O John Woodburn Gillan (he off "Downwind" Gillan Hurricane flight of 111 Sqn to Scotland in 1938) having a bale out over Diss, Norfolk in 1929 or 1930 - Duplicate entry in my source. I can't find any reference to this and the year may be way out (already found one record in my source out by 2 years to the day)

Can anyone ID a bale out for F/O John Woodburn Gillan around this time he was later W/C #26010 DFC and AFC killed in action 29/08/1941 in Spitfire W3715. His postings around this time were 111 Sqn Hornchurch in 1927, 601 (County of London Sqn) Auxiliary Air Force in 1929, Signals Course at the Electrical and Wireless School in 1931, flying boat and aeroplane course at Calshot in 1932

Many thanks

9th August 2012, 12:05

The 111 Sqn ORB has the following for January 31st 1929 "On the 31st January one pilot was caught in the fog an was forced to abandon the aircrfat by parachute in Norfolk" - This has to be Gillan's jump, he was on Sqn at the time and the date and location fits..

Can anyone ID the aircraft based on the corrected date which has to be as Siskin?



24th March 2014, 10:37
Small Update: AIR 10-1460 Report on Flying Accidents during Jan.-June 1929 Page 11 (3) "A qualified pilot could not land his Siskin owing to thick fog; he descended unhurt" I believe this refers to this incident in Flight: FLIGHT, FEBRUARY 20, 1931 "SOME IRVIN AIRCHUTE STATISTICS" A Flying Officer chose the same method of escape (jump) rather than landing in thick fog" however this is listed for 1930 - I believe this to be a dual reported error at Irvin and the correct date is 1929