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Hawker Hurricane's V6542, V6811 and V6846 - 15th October 1940

Type Serial No Unit Station Duty Crew Passengers
Hawker Hurricane V6542 No 312 (Czech) Squadron Speke Dusk Patrol 1 0
Hawker Hurricane V6811 No 312 (Czech) Squadron Speke Dusk Patrol 1 0
Hawker Hurricane V6846 No 312 (Czech) Squadron Speke Dusk Patrol 1 0

Squadron Leader Jan K Ambrus flying Hurricane No V6846, Pilot Officer T Vybiral flying Hurricane No V6811 and Flight Lieutenant  H A G Comerford flying Hurricane No V6542 departed Speke airport on a Dusk patrol in the Lancaster area on the 15th October 1940.

Squadron Leader Ambrus

Squadron Leader Ambrus

After a short while the flight appeared to lose its bearings in bad weather and Squadron Leader Ambrus who knew his position followed Flight Lieutenant Comerford thinking he had sighted an enemy aircraft and continued flying until his fuel ran out, force landing at Carnforth at 20:00 hours with his undercarriage up. He was not injured and the aircraft was not badly damaged.

Flight Lieutenant Comerford ran out of fuel and bailed out at 19:00 hours, landing near Dalton-in-Furness. The Aircraft which was new was wrecked.

Pilot Officer Tomas Vybiral also ran out of fuel and bailed out at 19:00 hours and was slightly injured on the head by the tail of his aircraft, landing at Gleaston near Dalton-in-Furness. The Aircraft which was new was wrecked.

The official enquiry concluded that the flight should have kept sight of land and landed 20 mins before blackout.

Squadron Leader Jan K Ambrus was posted to command No 312 (Czech) Squadron at Duxford in September 1940, he was posted to the Czech Ministry of Defence in December 1940 and became the Czech Air Attaché in Canada during 1943 with the rank of Wing Commander, settling there after the war.

Pilot Officer Vybiral served as a lieutenant in France with the Groupe de Chasse I/5 and was credited with eight victories in France, he was posted to No 312 (Czech) Squadron at Duxford in September 1940, after being posted to No 41 squadron in 1942 he returned to command No 312 (Czech) Squadron during 1943 and led the Czech Wing from Duxford in 1944. He was awarded the DFC in July 1944 and the DSO in December 1944, after the war he left the RAF with the rank of Wing Commander and died in 1981.

Flight Lieutenant Comerford joined the RAF in 1927, trained at Digby and was posted to No 28 Squadron in India. In October 1934 Flight Lieutenant Comerford went onto the Reserve of Officers being recalled at the beginning of the war and was posted to No 312 (Czech) Squadron at Speke in October 1940, he was awarded the AFC  in 1941 and resigned his commission in 1943.

Position Rank Name Service No Age Status
Pilot Squadron Leader Jan K Ambrus 81883 41 OK
Pilot Pilot Officer Tomas Vybiral 83236 - Slight Head Injury
Pilot  Flight Lieutenant Harry Alfred George Comerford 24051 - OK

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