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I picked this up from the WIX forum

I wonder if someone could help with the USAAF serial number of the BT-13A that crashed on the 20th January 1942 at Riddle Field Clewiston, Florida

It was assigned to No.5 British Flying Training School and the pilot LAC R B Crosskey RAFVR was killed on the solo flight when he flew into the ground on his second approach in fog after overshooting.

He is buried in Arcadia (Oak Ridge) Cemetery

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casua ... %20BENSLEY

The aircraft is not identified in the surviving RAF records on LAC Crosskey."

I could not find this crash on the AAIR, Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research Database either



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Hi Paul,

I've had the opportunity as well to research a mishap involving a cadet from a BFTS.  My best luck was to contact the RAF Air Historical Branch at "Air Historical Branch (RAF)" <ahb.raf@btconnect.com>.  The people I dealt with were friendly and helpful.

Jeff Wilkinson
Oklahoma Wreckchasing

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Thanks fro your suggestions. I beleive all UK avenues have been explored over the serial (in fact a crash report is online about this incident) but the only outstanding mystery is the serial number of the BT-13A (it is missing from report as well see link below 

Someone has looked in the USAAF records for the first batch of BT-13As (41-1212 to 41-1710 contained on reel no. ACR-22) because some of the BFTS BT-13As came from this batch. Sadly they could find no mention of this accident in the records of this batch. It may be in reel (or CD)  ACR-26 but this has not been viewed - I was hoping someone here had a copy of it and could see if any incident matches.

It is not in Mireles' book

Crash report


Thanks again

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