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Time:10:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Ib
Owner/operator:19 Squadron Royal Air Force (19 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9422
C/n / msn: 584
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whitehorse Wood, Birling, Kent. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a P9422 (QV-A) of 19 Squadron RAF Fowlmere. Shot down at 10:15 on 5 September 1940 in air to air combat over the Thames Estuary near Gravesend, Kent (reportedly attacking a formation of Dornier Do 17Zs). According to the ORB for 19 Squadron RAF for this day:

"Eleven Spitfires of the Squadron led by Sqn Ldr Pinkham took off at 09:47 hours to Patrol Hornchurch at 15,000 ft. The enemy formation of 40 Dorniers 215ís and 40 Me 109ís were sighted over the Chatham/Ashford/Medway/Maidstone quadrilateral. Sqn Ldr Pinkham (Blue 1) (in P9422) was seen engaging three Do215ís and is a casualty. Sqn Ldr Pinkham (Blue 1) led the attack at two enemy aircraft and had fired only ten rounds from each gun when they jammed." (he was flying a Spitfire Mk.1b, armed with 20mm cannons, which were proving to be unreliable, and prone to jamming).

Pilot - Squadron Leader Phillip Campbell "Tommy" Pinkham (Service Number 37208, aged 25) - was killed. His Spitfire is believed to have crashed into Whitehorse Wood, Birling, Kent. He is buried in St Andrews' churchyard, Kingsbury, Middlesex.


5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/3078:

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Revision history:

09-Sep-2011 05:47 angels one five Added
06-Jan-2012 07:37 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
22-Jan-2012 22:08 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
22-May-2019 15:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-May-2019 13:24 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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