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paulmcmillan
2nd August 2010, 15:26
Can anyone suggest an ID for the AW Siskin of 54 Sqn that F/O T.B. Byrne bailed out of on 29th April 1930 at Hornchurch?

It would be a Dual Control AW Siskin III

Kind Regards
Paul

PS

Might be one of following
J9201
J7146
J9197
J7156

with J7156 being my current favourite but without access to J Serials I can't check!

David Thompson
2nd August 2010, 15:48
Having checked said book none of your possibilities appear to be the aircraft involved , certainly no details are listed for an accident at Hornchurch ? In the rear of the book is an 'Unidentified Crashes' listing which includes ; 29 April 1930 , Siskin IIIA , 54 Sqdn , wing collapsed and pilot abandoned at 1,500' half a mile from Hornchurch . F/O TB Byrne parachuted safely .

paulmcmillan
2nd August 2010, 16:28
David

Thanks for looking

Paul

paulmcmillan
21st February 2020, 10:12
This was actually a Bristol Bulldog maybe K1091

Andrew Wood
19th April 2020, 21:33
Paul

Noting your new information, do you happen to have access to T B Byrneís logbook?

He is of interest to my research into the wartime history of Tiger Moth N6946 (now G-AOEI) because he is recorded in the ORB of 81 Squadron as having flown her extensively in France in the autumn/winter of 1939.

Andrew

paulmcmillan
20th April 2020, 15:33
Andrew


Sorry No, don't have Byrne Log Book - My interest is in pre war parachute incidents and that's why I was looking at Thomas Brian Byrne

Andrew Wood
20th April 2020, 17:36
Many thanks Paul

I have a photo which I am 99.9% sure shows TBB during his time with 81 (Communications) Squadron in France in early 1940. It comes from the logbook of D A Smith which is preserved at TNA. If it is of interest please let me know. (Sorry but I donít know how to post a URL for a photo).

CorporalJellyfish
4th February 2022, 09:43
Many thanks Paul

I have a photo which I am 99.9% sure shows TBB during his time with 81 (Communications) Squadron in France in early 1940. It comes from the logbook of D A Smith which is preserved at TNA. If it is of interest please let me know. (Sorry but I donít know how to post a URL for a photo).

Hi Andrew - I would really appreciate the photo of Thomas Brian Byrne if you could email it me - feel free to send me a message.

My research led me here as TBB was Sqn Ldr of 679 squadron based at RAF Ipswich from March 1943 until the war end. I have the operations record book from during this period and he signs off nearly every page.

As regards to the aircrew log books, I am interesting in applying for some of these from aircrew I identify as being stationed at Ipswich for longer periods of time, is it best to email the Royal Air Force Museum or The National Archives? Do you know if TBB's log book was preserved?

Thanks,

Mark