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Offline PNK

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Aircraft incidents involving ranges
« on: December 15, 2023, 19:21:54 pm »
I started to compile a list of incident involving aircraft whilst using bombing and gunnery ranges. As the list, so far, covers WW1 to the modern era it didn't quite fit the two existing topic so as it was range related I put it here.

This list was compiled from various sources including Air Britain, TNA and numerous online resources. Due to conflicting information between sources I have excluded a few from the list below.

Apologies for the poor layout but Excel does it better.

02/11/1918   Camel Tds   E1524   Eastchurch   204 TDS   Eastchurch - Overshot target and dived in base. Pilot killed. (Probably on the airfield target)

08/04/1925   Bristol Fighter   H1486   Eastchurch   A&GS   Leysdown - Dived into sea during target practice. Plt Off Anthony Cecil Carbery Mason (25) killed

16/06/1938   Gladiator I     K7933   Hornchurch   54 Sqn   Leysdown - Damaged by own bullets and engine fell off, crashed in sea off Leysdown range, abandoned too,late. Pilot killed.

26/04/1942   Defiant II   AA377   West Malling   264 Sqn   Leysdown - Dived in 2m S of Leysdown ranges during air-to-air firing.

07/07/1942   Beaufighter IF  R2257   West Malling   29 Sqn   Leysdown - Dived into ground whilst carrying out air to ground firing on practice target. Pilot officer RN Walford and Sgt. E H Whitmee were killed.

27/04/1944   Typhoon IB     MN480   Eastchurch   245 Sqn   Leysdown - Dived into sea on RP range Leysdown. Pilot killed.

08/04/1924   F2B           ????     Eastchurch   A&GS   Leysdown - Crashed in sea fm target dive of Leysdown K. Pilot killed.

0/11/1925   Grebe Ii   ????   Duxford     29 Sqn   Leysdown - Crashed fm target dive off Leysdown K. Pilot killed.

19/05/1952   Attacker FB     WK334   Ford           803 Sqn   Manhood - Collided with WK339 during air-ground firing Manhood range and crashed at Sidlesham WS. Pilot killed.

19/05/1952   Attacker FB     WK339   Ford           800 Sqn   Manhood - Collided with WK334 during air-ground firing Manhood range and crashed. Pilot killed.

16/04/1943   Whirlwind I     P7121   Manston           137 Sqn   Manston   - Dived in during practice bombing Manston (Did Manston have a target in WW2 or was the pre-war one still being used?). Pilot killed.

23/01/1944   Spitfire XII   EN624   Tangmere        91 Sqn   Pagham - Stalled Off A Steep Turn and Crashed Near Sidlesham, Sussex During A Practice Bombing Sortie Over Pagham Harbour.

08/08/1918   Camel      E9975   Hounslow   42 TDS   Staines Reservoir - Spun in from turn attacking target on Staines reservoir. Pilot killed.

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Re: Aircraft incidents involving ranges
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2024, 15:52:21 pm »
I note, PNK, that you have hyperlinked those aircraft in your list which already have topics on the military aircraft incidents (wartime) and (peacetime) boards. For the remainder which, presumably, do not, is it your intention to create topics for them on those boards? 

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Re: Aircraft incidents involving ranges
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2024, 12:22:18 pm »
I don't recall adding hyperlinks so I suspect someone else did that. My intention was to list all the range related incidents in one place rather than create individual posts on each. This is a new aspect of research for me and cross checking serials and locations has been a challenge.