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Sergeant Hubert Adair

the RAF Benevolent Fund

Known as Paddy

of Norwich

1 Jan 1917 - 6 Nov 1940

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Remembered by: Tony Broome

Date added: 16 Nov 2020

Hubert Adair - known as Paddy - was born in 1917, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Adair. He was educated at the City of Norwich School and joined the RAF in January 1936 - service number 580088. After training he joined 88 Squadron and flew Fairey Battle aircraft during the Battle of France. In August 1940 he converted to Hurricanes and joined 213 Squadron based at Tangmere.After being involved in a night landing accident at Tangmere on 5th November Adair was in action the following afternoon but did not return from combat over the Southampton area. He was posted as ‘Missing' research indicates that the Hurricane, V7602, which crashed and burned out at Pigeon House Farm, Widley, Hampshire was Adair's.On 6 October 1979 an excavation by the Wealden Aviation Archaeological Group was begun in an attempt to recover what was left. Fortunately for them some of the original witnesses were still alive and location was rapid. Much of the more solid parts of the mangled aircraft were found including both groups of Browning .303 machine guns, which were resting vertically in the chalk. They came across the Merlin engine crankshaft and the propeller boss 9 feet down.The remains of the pilot were also recovered. The excavation team could not officially identify the pilot but they did manage to reveal the armament numbers on the Browning gun butts. The authorities then ordered the weapons to be broken up.On 22 November 1979 the Portsmouth Coroner's Office stated that an inquest would not be held, and that the Coroner had ordered the disposal of the remains, which was carried out at Portchester Crematorium on 29 October 1979.Because of this outcome Sergeant HH Adair still remains officially missing and never received the ceremonial burial that he certainly deserved
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