Military Visiting Aircraft 1935-1972
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NOTABLE MILITARY VISITORS
01-06-35 "A squadron of RAF fighters for Empire Air Day"
23-05-36 Empire Air Day ,participants included....
3 x Audax , Army Co-operation Unit,Old Sarum
3 x Audax , 13 Sq
9 x Nimrod ,800 Sq,Eastleigh.
Aug 1936 Audaxes 16Sq (Old Sarum) for 2 weeks summer camp.
02-03-37 5 x Anson 1, RAF Coastal Cmd 51 Sq , Diversions due weather .
Summer 1937 605SQ Summer camp using Hawker Hinds (eg;K5431).
28-05-38 Empire Air Day ,participants included...
Battles (12 Sq) from Andover.
Gladiators from Digby
Shark from Lee-on-Solent
3 x Hind
Ansons from Thorney Is
Hind from Warmwell
Wallace TT from Warmwell
1940 X9346 Airspeed Courier - company hack
01-05-40 N22 Spitfire 1a(ex P9566),on delivery to Turkish AF
01-05-40 N23 Spitfire 1a(ex P9567),on delivery to Turkish AF
NB:above identities are British Class"B" registrations
24-06-40 838 Potez 63-11 of GR1/14 Bordeaux. 2nd Lieutenant Daniel Neumann, (pilot) his observer-navigator
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Lieutenant André Jacob and Sergeant Marcel Morel, the radio operator-machine gunner serving with Group
de Reconnaissance GR 1/14, based at Bergerac flew their Christchurch airfield .
The aircraft was later flown to RAF Andover and eventually to RAF Odiham as the basis of an Free French Training Unit.
Some say 26th June.
27-06-40 Beaufighter for installation of A1 radar
15-06-40 P6687 Battle I,Stn Flt Baginton, damaged landing Christchurch .
16-08-40 W6669 Hurricane1 213Sq(Exeter) emergency landing
15-09-40 R6600 Spitfire 602SQ,Emergency landing, mistaken for enemy and rammed by army truck
28-11-40 P4321 Hampden I,Forced landing 49 Sq
17-12-40 N3552 Blenheim emergency landing
23-04-41 werke Nr4477/GD+EG Bu131B.Stolen from Luftwaffe aerodrome at Caen
by two ex-Armee de l'Air pilots, Heberd and Boudard,It was
flown across the Channel, intercepted by the RAF and landed at
Christchurch.It was repainted in RAF camouflage
and markings and flown ('unofficially') by pilots from the Special Duties
Flight (TRE). Shortly after, orders came for the aircraft to be shown in
London as an exhibit for 'War Weapons Week', so it was hastily repainted
in Luftwaffe markings and sent to London on 22nd May, where it was
vandalised by souvenir hunters. It was returned to TRE later and serial
no. DR626 was allocated, but there were too many parts missing for it to
be flown again. Struck off charge at TRE on 1.8.41 and presumed scrapped.
A copy of the original signal from the Commanding Officer of RAF Christchurch
to the various authorities may be seen here.
( Additional info via BIA Yahoo group) .
Photos below via John Pothecary show the aircraft outside the Bellman hangar
22-06-41 X4776 Spitfire , damaged when Whitley N1370 undershot and ran into it.
18-08-41 X8937 Beaufort swung on landing hit parked Wellington
1942 K1783 Tomtit ,for overhaul, became G-AGEF
Feb 42 DG604 Horsa.
18-07-42 BD955 Hurricane IIc covershot & crashed
July 42 HS101 Horsa , First Production,
1942 BD443 Whitley , towing Horsas out to MUs
1942 LA821 Whitley , as above
14-11-42 DP806 Horsa, overshot & cr into hangar
30-01-43 HG985 Horsa cr landing at Somerford
08-03-43 BP788 Fulmar II from White Waltham
25-05-43 From Christchurch ORB: On instructions from the Home Office a DH86 landed at 1315 from
Ronaldsway, IoM, with 6 men and 2 women German diplomats en-route for Lisbon.
06-43 AL296 Chesapeake FAA
13-07-43 JA851 Lancaster III 49Sq at Fiskerton,P/O Tomlin , out of fuel
05-08-43 Whitley (from Wroughton) u/c collapsed on landing
06-08-03 Seafire IIc cr after test flight
03-02-44 DE943 Tiger Moth II, to Harrowbeer.
05-05-44 KX409 Hurricane IV ,193Sq
05-06-44 P-51D.48 a/c from 354FG arr for overnight stop.
04-07-44 LA689 Whitley, HGTU from Brize Norton , dep with Horsa in tow but
cr on mudflats at Poole Harbour after engine failure ..
...the Horsa landed on the mud in Chriustchurch Harbour.
14-07-44 JZ303 Avenger II , from Worthy Down.
03-09-44 ??? B-17 emergency landing
14-09-44 From Christchurch ORB: An Douglas A20 force landed 1730 (Lt. Miller and 2 crew)
en-route from a mission over Le Havre to Weathersfield having been hit by flak.
Landed safely but with one tyre deflated.
(The last two entries extracted from the ORB by John Havers).
*09-10-44 NK398 Anson C hristchurch to Pershore
*02-11-44 EV748 Argus II Christchurch to Yeovilton to Charlton [Horethorne]Hawthorne
*14-01-45 PM818 Barracuda II Wroughton to Christchurch
1945 LA933 Whitley gnd collision with Swordfish NR946, w/o
02-45 R2438 Beaufighter II FAA
*03-02-45 EV748 Argus II Gosport to Christchurch to Hamble
18-02-45 NF327 Swordfish III from RAE.
*25-02-45 PM713 Barracuda II Christchurch to Hamble
08-03-45 R9548 Dominie
03-45 AZ590 Master II FAA
*19-04-45 AX233 Anson AX233 Christchurch to Cardiff
*12-06-45 MP474 Oxford MP474 Christchurch to Hawarden
*26-06-45 EV782 Argus II Hamble to Christchurch to Cardiff
*06-07-45 LX738 Oxford Christchurch to Hawarden
15-07-45 44-8866 B-17G.USAAF 306BG cr landing
25-07-45 MN311 Typhoon 181Sq,e/r Warmwell, cr on emergency landing
07-09-45 DK393 Firebrand TFIII C Sq AAEE,Forced landing
Oct 45 HN127/U1YY Oxford I noted
Oct 45 PH248/U2JJ Oxford I noted
Oct 45 Vengeance TT noted
Oct 45 Defiant TT noted
Oct 45 Martinet TT noted
01-03-47 K3880 Hawker Hart , noted.
49 RM340 Horsa, departed 16-03-49 ,aerotow by Halifax RT935 to Wroughton.
21-02-49 KF524 Harvard 2B FAA
19-09-49 VL247 Viking C1 Kings Flight
08-10-49 T6168 Tiger Moth
April 52 VL275 Bogie u/c Valetta - landing trials
15-10-52 VX220 AW Apollo From Boscombe Down
13-05-53 6 x Sea Hornets 809 Sq
16-09-53 VR38? Br. Freighter, Radar Nose
05-54 BB790 Tiger Moth (ex G-ACEZ)
Sep 54 2 x Canberra
Sep 54 Meteor NF11
Sep 54 Venom
Sep 54 Wyvern
05-04-55 EE337 Meteor F3 FAA
25-09-55 MB723 Firefly
02-11-55 VR211 Prentice A&AEE
06-10-56 WW439 Provost T1 RAFC Cranwell
06-10-56 XF907 Provost T1 RAFC Cranwell
08-11-56 WL377 Meteor T7 ETPS
04-02-58 WD402 Anson T21 A&AEE
26-02-58 CA+002 Heron 2D Luftwaffe
07-03-58 WL734 Sea Balliol
14-05-58 WL730 SEa Balliol FAA
05-06-58 WJ679 Canberra B2 RAE
08-07-58 WX969 Meteor FR9
15-07-58 XK939 Whirlwind HAS7 "715"
17-07-58 XB364 Avenger AS6 "380"
22-09-58 XK411 Auster AOP9
25-01-59 XF911 Provost T1 "PS"
02-03-59 XM819 Percival EP9
02-03-59 VR599 SEa Balliol Prototype
04-05-59 KF314 Harvard
07-05-59 WV179 Skyraider AEW "423"
08-05-59 XG878 Gannet T2
15-08-59 XD610 Vampire T11 to De Haviland
18-02-60 XA169 Sea Vampire T22 to De Haviland
25-03-60 WP333 Sea Balliol
20-04-60 VP965 Devon C2
06-05-60 WP333 Sea Balliol
13-06-60 PH788 Anson C12 RAF Gaydon
21-06-60 WZ425 Vampire T11
04-07-60 WW220 Sea Venom FAW22
27-07-60 WF370 Varsity T1
22-08-60 VW162 Valetta C1
15-09-60 XG767 Sea Vampire T22 "943VL"
16-10-60 WL113 Meteor F(TT)8
22-11-60 WM994 Sea Hawk FB5
02-12-60 WV735 Pembroke C1
19-01-61 WV199 Whirlwind 22
21-04-61 VV328 Anson C21 RAF Stradishall
15-05-61 WE551 Auster AOP6
18-05-61 WJ491 Valetta
24-05-61 XN595 Jet Provost T3
19-06-61 XM529 Skeeter AOP12 to SRDE
07-07-61 XP770 Beaver AL1
20-07-61 XF685 Provost T1 ETPS "20"
02-11-61 XG677 Sea Venom FAW22 "VL" FONFET
14-11-61 WM756 Sea Prince
07-05-62 WG308 Chipmunk T10"C"
25-03-63 WT925 Sycamore HR14 to SRDE
17-01-64 XR270 Auster AOP9
17-01-64 XR271 Auster AOP9
27-04-66 XP908 Scout AH1
08-08-66 XS679 Wessex HC2 A&AEE
12-07-67 XJ445 Whirlwind RAE
25-03-68 XP908 Scout AH1
21-08-70 XV131 Scout AAC , to SRDE
08-06-72 Wessex HU5 "XG" 846 SQ
21-06-72 XN299 Whirlwind HAS7 "08"
* Items with an asterisk were extracted by Peter Graham from the log of ATA pilot Pamela Tulk-Hart.