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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1680
Last updated: 25 May 2020
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Type:Boulton Paul Defiant Mk II
Owner/operator:264 (Madras Presidency) Squadron Royal Air Force (264 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF)
Registration: AA377
C/n / msn: 728
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles S of Leysdown Range, Kent, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF West Malling, Kent
Destination airport:
AA377 - Spun into ground after control lost during gunnery practice. 26.4.1942
F/Sgt (Aus404565) Wallace George LEWIS (pilot) RAAF - killed.
F/Sgt (971422) William MAIR (AG) RAF - Killed

Port Wing dropped at 2500ft and plane went into vertical dive, pilot tried to pull out of dive at 500ft but failed and plane went into a flat spin to starboard for 3 or 4 turns before hitting ground and bursting into flames.

No evidence to show if loss of control was physical failure on part of pilot or structural failure.

Both buried at St Clements churchyard Leysdown


AWM237(65) NAA:A705, 163/137/144 CWG records.
Court of inquiry

Revision history:

07-Feb-2008 10:00 JINX Added
15-Feb-2011 08:49 barkie Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2011 09:17 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-Feb-2013 14:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Narrative]
12-Oct-2013 16:23 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
01-Nov-2013 19:21 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
11-Nov-2014 13:07 HH99 Updated [Location, Narrative]

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