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Corsair Recovery 09/09/07

We will remember them.

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Cleaned parts updated 16/09/07

 Have nearly worked my way through the bits. wrinkly fingers and many cuts. Photos are enclosed. The stain at the bottom of the hole was the engine oil left when the navy winched the motor out. Those shiny bits Gareth pulled out of the bottom of the hole were pieces of the end of the prop boss, the nut from the centre was in amongst it as well. You can see from the pictures it has traces of yellow paint. The bits of bakelite cockpit light turned out to be the base of a US Navy gunsight. There are still plenty of mystery bits!

Ian Hodgkiss

This is a record of the recovery of 

A Brewster built Corsair II JS590, 759 Squadron Yeovilton on 09/09/07

Brewster built Corsair II JS590, 759 Squadron Yeovilton. Spun at about 4500 ft during dog fighting exercise. Late recovery, dived into field near Charlton Mackrell, 13th January 1945. 

Sub Lieutenant Richard Catlin Scriminger, 22, Buried Scarborough (Manor Road) Cemetery

This aircraft was according to a local eye witness subject to a thorough recovery at the time of its crash lasting a week. It would appear that the team have recovered what was thrown back into the hole. I will add text to the picture's tomorrow as I want to go to bed.

Please remember these picture's are original and subject to copyright. If you wish to use them contact me and I will seek the permission of the team.


I hope you enjoyed the recovery of Brewster built Corsair II JS590, 759 Squadron Yeovilton.

I am grateful to Ian and the team for allowing me to record this excavation so we can all share in the experience.

 Please spare a moment to think about Sub Lieutenant Richard Catlin Scriminger, 22, who died serving his Country tragically in the closing year of the War. He is buried in Scarborough (Manor Road) Cemetery. If you are passing why not pay your respects.

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