Interview with Jimmy Prentice, 1989Author: Paul Sortehaug ©
PS (Paul Sortehaug): Corran Ashworth was a friend of yours and he followed you to both Nth Africa and Europe. In fact he wound up on a Mustang sqdn.
JP (Jimmy Prentice): I think he got to Europe before I did.
PS: Yes, that might be so. Do you remember the circumstances in which he was lost at all?
JP: Yes I do because he was in my sqdn, do you want me to mention this NYR? (Not Yet Returned)
JP: Well on the sqdn
they sent around just a typed sheet NYR - meaning Not Yet Returned, and
I saw Ash's name. Said to the C/O he was an old friend of mine. He said
take the Auster over there and find out, and I flew over there and I
was introduced to a chap who was flying with Ash when it happened, and
I said is there any show and he said no.
To add further support to the bomb theory I can tell you that I had been in touch with Jamie Jameson over the loss of the Englishman Jacko Holmes (C/O 197 sqdn) 197 (Typhoons) also dabbled with dive-bombing and Jacko was thought to have had a bomb explode prematurely. I raised the incident in a newsletter I circulate and Jamie wrote to me to tell that they had a lot of trouble with premature detonation in his Mustang Wing in Normandy in 1944. Jamie was in Command of 122 Wing which in August of 1944 incorporated the 3 Mustang Sqdns, one of which was Corran's.