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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 49633
Last updated: 19 October 2019
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Time:11:27 LT
Type:Hawker Tempest Mk V
Owner/operator:3 Sqn Royal Air Force (3 Sqn RAF)
Registration: EJ658
C/n / msn: JF
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:B.80 Volkel airfield -   Netherlands
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:B.80 Volkel
Destination airport:
On 20 November 1944, Flg Off Charles A Tidy of 3 Sqn RAF took off from B.80 Volkel but the engine of his Tempest V EJ658 cut just after take-off. The pilot then attempted an emergency landing at the same airfield. Approaching the field he was thrown off course by a heavy gust of wind and ploughed at 1127 hrs into the Spitfire LFIX MJ604 of 401 Sqn RCAF which was just on the verge of taxiing out onto the runway. The Tempest just chewed through the Spitfire, killing the airman on tail, LAC Reginald Lewis "Joe" Butler, an Aero Engine Mech with 6401 Service Echelon. The pilot of the Spitfire, Plt Off Daniel M. Horsburgh RCAF, escaped with no injuries but did not fly for about a month after that accident. Tidy also survived without serious injury. Both aircraft were damaged beyond repair.

On 22 November, the commanding officer, officers and men from 401 Sqn attended the funeral of LAC Butler, who was buried near Heide at 1030 hours. He was reburied after the war on the Groesbeek (Canadian) War Cemetery.

Tidy had already had a close call during the war, being shot down on 6 March 1944 near Poix, France, aboard the Typhoon Ib MN188. He evaded capture and resumed service with 3 Sqn RAF on 20 September 1944.

"2nd Tactical Air Force. Volume Two : Breakout to Bodenplatte. July 1944 to January 1945", by Christopher Shores and Chris Thomas. ISBN 1-903223-41-5

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
20-Nov-2015 16:58 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2018 12:35 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator]
19-Oct-2019 17:20 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport]
19-Oct-2019 17:20 TigerTimon Updated [Phase]

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