Red Hound wrote:Going back to the Canberra discussion I wondered if operator of the aircraft was RAE/A&AEE/QinetiQ , whatever it was at the time. A quick internet search showed a Canberra TT18 in raspberry ripple topside and yellow black underside. Presumably that wouldn't mean the aircraft was purely used for target towing and Boscastle may have provided an opportunity to test new equipment in a real life situation. Speculation admittedly but it wasn't an RAF/RN TT18 hence my thinking of other possibilities.
Having looked at pictures of RAE Canberra B.2T WK128 in various in-flight attitudes it does seem very possible that it could have been that aircraft or one very similar. I accept it could have been a coincidence its appearance over Boscastle that day, but the number , frequency and directions of overflights that morning seemed intentional in relation to the village. Thanks for the suggestions Red Hound et al and apologies for interrupting the Seaking thread.
RAE Llanbedr in south Wales were still operating there TT Canberras at this point. And it only being a short distance over the water for them my guess the crew were"having a closure look!!" When up on a sortie?!
Both of Llanbedrs Canberras were regular visitors in to St Mawgan for fuel.my guess is this day they did the same,just took a sight seeing detore on route
Back to the topic in question.
Almost certainly in the case of a downed pilot,and its quicker for a Merlin from Culdrose to be on seen,he will attend along with the SAR from newquay..or were ever it is based ... this is how it's been done for years.primarily station flight was there to provide SAR cover the the based pilots. They weren't contracted for civilian cover.but no doubt they did from time to time.
It all changed when the department of transport contracted them for coast guard SAR Work to.
Back to the future situation ,if a bus full of school kids and nuns! got stuck in flood water,and was in danger of being washed away. I could safely say that a Merlin crew would be one of the many that would attend anyway possible to assist there rescue.Just like at boscastle!!