Hawker Hind K6632

The squadron lost another Hind crew on Friday November 26 1936. On this date Pilot Officer Eric Arthur Hunt and his observer, Aircraftman 1st Class Joseph Thomas was scheduled to carry out a routine cross country flight. On emerging from clouds just off the Cambrian coast, Pilot Officer Hunt turned inshore at low level on completion of his designated flight. With the shore line only a matter of a few miles distant the aircrafts Kestrel Mk.V engine cut, the aircraft rapidly lost what little height it had, witnesses reported that the aircraft made a steep turn to starboard, immediately the Hinds lower wing touched the surface of the freezing waters of Moss Bay which resulted in the bomber cart wheeling into the sea near Wokingham. Both crewmen drowned in the subsequent crash. 20-year-old Eric Hunt had joined the squadron on January 4th on completion of his flying training at No.8 Flying Training School, Filton. Pilot Officer Eric Hunt was an experienced pilot, he had by the time of his death flown a total of 290 hours, 142 on the Hind.  He had trained at No.8 FTS Montrose and Filton. He was awarded a SSC in 1936and awarded his wings on August 6 1936.

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Copy of the AM Form 1180 Accident Card

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Copy of the AM Form 78 Movement Card

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Note the incorrect date recorded for K6632 being taken on charge by 218 Squadron.