Aeroplane Monthly 1979-09
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Fairey Battle T.T.1 V1223/9, from a batch built by the Austin Motor Co, suffered a collision on May 15, 1941, piloted by Sgt Winchall. Some 266 Battles were built for use as target-tugs with the RAF’s Air Gunnery Schools.
Avro 652A Anson I N5113 was in the control of Flt Sgt Haley on the night of February 14, 1942, when it had this accident, which tore off its undercarriage. At the time it was with No 4 AOS at West Freugh, previously having served with 61 and 207 Squadrons and 16 OTU.
It seems probable that Anson N5265, from the same batch as N5113, was involved in a collision with that machine, for this mishap happened on the same night, when its pilot was W. O. Fripp.
Another spot of Botha; W5049/62 was from a batch of 270 built at Brough, and originally served with No 4 Air Observers Navigation School at Ansty before going to No 4 AOS, where this picture was taken after a taxiing accident on February 13, 1942, with Sgt Merrifield at the controls.
Blackburn B-26 Botha I L6270/4 after a forced landing on April 8, 1942, whilst serving with No 4 Air Observers School (AOS) (formerly No 4 Bombing and Gunnery School) at West Freugh. The pilot at the time was Sgt Williamson. Top picture shows the unseated fuel tank. An unloved and unlovely aeroplane, the Botha was underpowered with its two 850 h.p. Bristol Perseus radials.
The detached port engine.
Yet another shot of Botha L6270 after its accident on April 8, 1942. Despite the extensive damage, this aeroplane went on to serve with No 8 Air Gunners School at Evanton, being finally struck off charge on October 14, 1943.