The entry for Tempest II PR841 says 20 (Sqn), swung on landing and undercarriage collapsed, Agra, 2.12.46. However, on Page 208 of the 30 Sqn history "Flat Out" there is a photo of (a damaged) PR841 "apparently withdrawn from service". It wears the code RS-A of 30 Sqn. I would imagine this photo was taken after the above-mentioned event. Was the 20 Sqn entry a typo (they did operate Tempests), or did it pass from 20 Sqn to 30 Sqn?
Post by Stig Jarlevik on Mar 26, 2021 18:38:50 GMT
Interesting question Andy
All my sources says No 20 and 30 Sq shared base at Agra. Since No 30 Sq disbanded on 1 Dec 1946, the aircraft could not have belonged to that unit the day after. My guess is that all aircraft which remained at the base thus belonged to No 20Sq on 2 Dec Probably nobody had had time to repaint this aircraft, if it is this accident that is shown. (I don't have the book in question)
Equally possible is it that the two units had a sort of pool of aircraft (I notice PR841 is not listed with 30Sq at all, just as you say) Is it a typo in the book, ie it should actually read 30/20? The AM 78 forms are usually pretty useless for aircraft going abroad so a check in the two units ORBs is probably what remains.
I also notice that Chris Shores and Chris Thomas in their Typhoon/Tempest book also says it was w/o in a landing accident with No 20Sq on 2.12.1946 and adds the pilot was F/S J. Birnie
Stig, Thanks. Looks like you hit the nail on the head. There is a note in the 20 Sqn Summary of Events for Nov 46 that says: "This month Nos 20 & 30 Squadrons have, in anticipation of an official amalgamation, worked together as one Squadron. This Form 540 has there-fore been completed for both Squadrons" Unfortunately there are no notes for Dec 46! However, F/S Birnie is mentioned in Jan 47 (he returned from Peshawar in the Harvard on 1 Jan 47). The fact still remains that PR841 appears to have been on the strength of 30 Sqn for a while, evidenced by the RS-A code. Andy