I'm trying to get some information on a crash of a Neptune aircraft of 217 Squadron on the 14th October 1955 off the north west of Scotland. I have copies of the front page of the Scottish Daily Express reporting the event. I wanted to view any Air Accident Reports but have not been able to crack the Air Ministry's paperwork. I would just like to know what they blame for the accident. As they were my crew, my being medically grounded pending an operation, you may see my interest. I can find the reports of lots of crashes for that year, mainly in th USA, but this crash seems to be shrouded in silence. Any pointers would be welcome.
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Breath in, breath out, repeat!
Richard, welcome to the forum Are the dates right on this accident, as I have had similar requests on and off this forum quite recently regarding 'the RADAR being switched off' see here http://rafforum.activeboard.com/t52751047/10th-october-1956-neptune-mr1-wx545-36-sqn-crashed-on-mull-o/
If this is something quite different then, according to my accident books, there is nothing recorded for the date you mention, can you please confirm
The crash took place at sea as they were looking for a trawler in trouble. 3 bodies were recovered, see attached newpaper clips. It just puzzles me why it appears that records of the crash have been hidden??? I would just like to know that they are not blamed. Having flown with them for a number of years I'm sure it couldn't be pilot error. I do know from experience that to find a small boat in a storm, with low visability, occasioned very low flying and a wingspan of 109ft does not mix with 30/40 ft waves. I can understand if the enquiry left an open verdict but can't understand silence!
'Tis easy Richard, look I submitted one today
As suspected they don't seem to want to know citing "documents were heavily reduced when the type of aircraft went out of service"! They have directed me to the Royal Air Force Museum where for £30 I can view F1180 which may give further information! They also quote "the high number of RAF aircraft accidents in this period"---first I knew about that!
I'm thinking about it!!
Hmm! Followed the trail they gave me and was presented with a 3 page form to discover what happened to a relative! I can't see how that's going to shed any light on the crash!
Richard I was alerted to the reply from the AHB, so nothing new there! Strange how our requests were submitted at the same time, mine was dismissed the next day, your request has some further info regarding accessing further info on production of £30 if not a NoK [that is the way I read into it], so if you are the NoK why not ask them