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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69258
Last updated: 18 September 2019
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Date:12-JAN-1941
Time:
Type:Hawker Hardy Mk I
Owner/operator:237 Squadron Royal Air Force (237 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K5922
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile south of Tessenei -   Ethiopia
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
237 Squadron had been reformed on 22 April 1940 at Nairobi, Kenya, by re-designating 1 Squadron, Southern Rhodesian Air Force. The unit was this time an army co-operation unit and equipped with a Hawker Hardys, Audaxes and Harts. From June 1940 they took part in the campaign in East Africa.

On 12 January 1941 Pilot Officer Peter Simmonds of B Flight flew a sortie with Hawker Hardy I K5922 with Sergeant Gray as observer over Tessenei when a Fiat CR.42 intercepted them. The Italian pilot (unfortunately his name is not known) returned to his base claiming that he had shot it down. The Hardy was in fact extensively damaged, but managed to remain in the air for 25 minutes before force-landing a mile south of Tessenei, the crew returning to base on foot. The Hardy was written off.

Sources:

http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/commonwealth_simmonds.htm
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://raf-112-squadron.org/RAF-112-Squadron/acrawford0/237.html]
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=69258
http://www.maplandia.com/eritrea/airports/tessenei-teseney-airport/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Oct-2009 20:49 JINX Added
21-Jan-2012 08:02 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
22-Jul-2013 20:09 JINX Updated [Operator, Source]
20-Oct-2015 17:44 Jixn Updated [Operator]
12-Jan-2017 06:53 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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