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Friday, 4 May 2018

Miles Master Mk 1 T8824 5SFTS RAF Tern hill ,20th of April, 1941

 A visit to near R.A.F Tern Hill to find the crash site of Miles Master Mk 1 T8824 5SFTS Tern hill the plane flew into the ground during a solo night flying exercise on the 20th of April, 1941 at 22.30 hrs, it was the pilots first night solo just after take off the plane entered a left turn during which the pilot allowed the aircraft to loose height the plane hit the roof of Gallantry House demolished the well head in the Garden and broke up on the rising ground behind the house narrowly missing an anti aircraft gun on the hill with the loss of the 20 year old pilot whose body was recovered from the Garden .
The pilot Sgt Gaston Jean C Vandebos RAFVR had volunteered after escaping Belgium was buried locally then his remains were repatriated after the war to Cimetière du Sud, Tournai

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