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Thread: Jack Malloch's Mk 22 Spitfire PK350

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    Was anything recovered?

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    Time to print that article now DaveM2?, still loads of interest.

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    No need, there is an excellent book about it which was released a few years back which we reviewed - Mallock Spitfire by Nick Meikle
    Last edited by DaveM2; 4th June 2017 at 05:11.

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    Did I see a very young Mark Hamment in white overalls? more commonly known as Mark 2 by the Harvard Formation Team
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
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    A further interesting read is 'Captain Jack Malloch - The Life and Times of a Rhodesian Entrepreneur - A sad tale from Africa' by Dan Remenyi.

    Rememyi worked on and off for Jack Malloch/Air Trans Africa for a number of years and gives an insight in to the state of Malloch's companies and the possible state of his mind at the time of the crash.

    Malloch is reported and recorded as flying directly in to a massive thunder-head cloud that 'pebble-dashed' the accompanying Vampire...if so one has to ask why.

    Mark
    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney…"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Knight
    Was anything recovered?
    The Spitfire was totally pulverised leaving a crater some 50/60' in diameter and some 6' deep.

    A few residual smashed parts were recovered to Harare including a sprinkling of small pieces retained by Bill Sykes, the pilot of the Vampire.

    Downsizing, Bill generously gifted a few pieces to me, including the firewall data-plate, in 2014. These are now a personal permanent record that I have seen it.

    ...and before you ask, don't go there.

    Mark



    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney…"

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    In case anyone hasn't yet seen it....
    Daren Cogdon

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    Very sad. I had a friend here in Oz who stated that he knew Jack well and that he believed Jack had been told that the Spitfire was going to be confiscated by the incoming Zimbabwe Govt. A totally uncorroborated and unsupported story to add to the vast array of such rumors and thought bubbles out there. The only person who knows why the aircraft was flown into that Cb is sadly no longer able to tell us why.

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    I was in Rhodesia with the Monitoring Force and saw the Spit fly. I later acquire a bookle giving the whole story, the final bit being that Jack Malloch disappeared into cloud.

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    While doing a Google photo search for a different Spit this one suddenly showed up:

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    T J
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    Jules Winnfield 1994

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    Daren Cogdon

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    Just beautiful, let's hope a twenties series Spit (or Seafire 46) will grace European skies again before too long. How about it Kennet, TFC?
    Cheers
    Cees

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    This may be a silly question, but does TFC still have Mk.22 PK624?
    "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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    I believe they do, though I can't recall seeing it the last time I was in TFC's hangar a couple of years ago - perhaps it's stored elsewhere.

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    It was tucked behind the Beau last time I saw it afew years ago.

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