Flt Sgt Copping's P-40 From The Egyptian Desert

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I have no further news, sadly.

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No one has news and developments about the P40 Copping?

Other than the RAFM annual report and planning applications mentioning it, nothing tangible has happened yet.

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I apolgise for not reading all the 2000+ posts on this thread, but most that I have seem to be about the political aspects of recovering the aircraft - and who is right or wrong - few, if any, have considered what it must have been like for the pilot, assuming he survived.

Last July I started tracing the story of F/Sgt Mickolajczak who force-landed a Kittyhawk in the Nubian desert on 9 May 1942. He survived the landing but died the following day leaving letters and notes describing his last hours almost to the moment of death. These were by his side when the crash site was found 20 days later. #7 of the thread http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?19012-Sgt-Mikolajczak makes all that has been written here pale into insignificance.

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The story of the Sgt Mickolajczak is very attractive and has many similarities with the fate of Dennis Copping!
I know that part of the Nubian desert and for that I am interested in more details about the crash and the possible coordinates. It would probably be possible to find some trace of the wreck or remains of the pilot!

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The Copping mystery will hopefully reach a conclusion at some point so the family will have closure after all of these years. It is a shame the P-40 exhibited at the RAFM is really not representative of the type in RAF service and more of a mock-up than a proper museum exhibit. If the Copping aircraft is not available to Hendon one would hope the RAFM will find a more suitable P-40 for exhibition in the not too distant future.

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Following an FoI request to the RAFM, summary minutes of the Acquisitions and Disposals Committe are now available on the website, as per the FoI Publication Scheme. The following minutes are relevant - and also interesting for other reasons.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/freedom_of_information/A_and_D_Meeting_summaries/October_to_December_2012_A_and_D_Committee.pdf

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Following an FoI request to the RAFM, summary minutes of the Acquisitions and Disposals Committe are now available on the website, as per the FoI Publication Scheme. The following minutes are relevant - and also interesting for other reasons.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/freedom_of_information/A_and_D_Meeting_summaries/October_to_December_2012_A_and_D_Committee.pdf

Very interesting, especially the Havoc line, as Pacific Wrecks site says they traded Big Nig to the UK for A Spitfire. http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/a-20/43-9436.html

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I apologize if I posted the photo with the exhibits, but it was just to show the correspondence of the place.
now we no longer have any interest in research on the case of p40, after all planned steps (information at the embassy cairo, Egyptian authorities, on-site surveys and technical experts, doctors, lawyers, universities etc.) and have only got discredited and obstacles to our business which strangely ended only after the theft of the bones, we just have to get back to our work and always follow up with continued interest next what's new.
But do you know where is the container that has disappeared from Alamein?

It is very unfortunate and shameful you are getting blamed for simply finding a P-40 and its unfortunate pilot!
It seems you where very respectful and careful about what you found.
You are very honorable.

I hope your work will prosper.

Jest to bardzo niefortunne i karygodne są coraz winić tylko znalezienie P-40 i jego niefortunne pilotem!
Wydaje się, gdzie bardzo szacunkiem i uważać na to, co można znaleźć.
Jesteś bardzo honorowy.

Mam nadzieję, że twoja praca będzie prosperować.

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For what it is worth there are reports from a couple of sources, unconfirmed in any way, that the P40 container is no longer in the Middle East - but is now in the US.

Moggy

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That's a shame. The Americans will probably restore it to flight and lose all historical integrity, rather than conserve a WW2 time capsule.

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Unfortunately its all a very sad story .

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...I have no words !!
Anyway I continue to search Dennis Copping in the Sahara desert.

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Let's hope that they do just that. Better a 'live' exhibit than a dead one occupying yet more museum floor space - and a rather more fitting memorial to Dennis Copping.

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For what it is worth there are reports from a couple of sources, unconfirmed in any way, that the P40 container is no longer in the Middle East - but is now in the US.

Moggy

If that turns out to be true, no wonder heads rolled at RAFM

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If that turns out to be true, no wonder heads rolled at RAFM

Anything is better than it sitting in a region that will be unstable into the foreseeable future. No doubt that if certain types discovered it as a "symbol" of the US, it would be wrapped in explosives for an after-prayer bonfire.

Perhaps it is taking a surreptitious route to the UK.....

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You have to love an optimist :D

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Wouldn't surprise me at all - money talks wherever in the world you are.

For me, it would be a travesty if it were returned to flight, with large numbers of new parts, just because we can. Time will tell.

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So, you're not a supporter of Shuttleworth ?

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The longer this went on, the more obvious it was that this was the sort of thing that would happen.

I find it incredible that the RAF Museum traded a Spitfire airframe with Kennet Aviation to recover the P40 only for it to ultimately apparently end up in the hands of some rich American. Perhaps the ultimate custodian of the P40 should now make a substantial donation to the RAF Museum for facilitating the recovery of the airframe.

Surely the RAFM officer who signed off the Kennet deal should be properly held to account and not just allowed to sail off into the sunset...................

I would have thought the Museum's legal advisors have some explaining to do as well

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Let's establish some facts before we start getting all angry and "offended", please.