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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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16.02.1942 No 9 EFTS Tiger Moth DH-82A N5466 LAC. Skinner

Operation: Training exercise

Date: 16th February 1942 (Monday)

Unit: No. No. 9 Elementary Flying Training School

Type: Tiger Moth DH. 82A

Serial: N5466

Code: Not recorded

Base: RAF Ansty, Coventry, Warwickshire

Location: As above - RAF Ansty

Pilot: LAC Albert Jack Skinner 1389009 RAFVR Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

It is 'believed' that during a solo cross training exercise that the trainee pilot collided with another Tiger Moth K2598. He was killed with the pilot of the other aircraft, LAC. R.G. Rodwell 1392578 suffered minor injuries.

Both aircraft were repaired and placed back into service. K2598 was scrapped on the 29th December 1949. N5466 - Abandoned after structural failure during aerobatics Earls Court on the 26th April 1943.

Above: Tiger Moth K2598 shown here with Sgt. Fred Young (courtesy Janice Betson - relative of Sgt. Young)

Burial details:

LAC Albert Jack Skinner. Southampton Cemetery (Hollybrook) Sec. K.10. Grave 205. Son of Albert and Mabel Skinner and husband of Constance Skinner, of Shirley, Southampton, England. Grave inscription reads: “His Death Is Our Silent Grief”.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Janice Betson. Also to Find-A-Grave for grave photograph. Other sources as quoted.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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