Our database shows HV710 as being lost with 176 Sqn on 5 December 43:
Firstly, the comment "baled out safe" does not match the quoted text "crash landed SE of PALPUR" (which comes from the ORB) - I will amend this in due course.
On the AM78 for HV710 the entry CAT FB 5.12.43 has been struck through and annotated "Cancelled, BBOC 28?.1.44".
It is then shown as CAT E 31.1.44
BBOC ACSEA 21.6.45
CAT E 5.7.45
The relevant Air-Britain serials book shows it as 3/247/1 IAF SOC 5.7.45 (so no mention of 176 Sqn)
Looking at the ORB: https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8391139
the compiler clearly originally entered the aircraft details in the format code/numbers, so HV709 code L for example is shown as L709.
These have then been hand-amended with the serial prefix over-writing the code, and the code been added by hand underneath the entry.
Clearly there was a problem with Whyte's aircraft, which just remains listed as S710 with no amendment. I am intrigued as to why this one aircraft is the only one not to have been "corrected".
Is is possible that a "helpful" visitor to TNA wrote in these amendments before the file was scanned? If it was thought that HV710 was not lost it may have been ruled out as the aircraft involved.
There don't seem to be any other obvious candidates for S710 though. It appears regularly in the preceding couple of months as well.
I can only assume that the aircraft was eventually recovered from the incident and rebuilt for further service.
Does anyone else have any thoughts?