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Last updated: 17 March 2020
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Date:25-MAY-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:54 Squadron Royal Air Force (54 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3096
C/n / msn: 367
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:English Channel, between Calais and Dunkirk, Pas de Calais -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First Flown 16-10-39; delivered to the RAF at 8 MU Little Rissington 23-11-39. Issued to 54 Squadron (as "KL-G") 1-3-40.

Missing 25-5-1940 from escort mission, escorting FAA RN Fairey Swordfish to Gravelines. 54 Squadron lost 3 Spitfires this day on this mission: N3096, N3103, and N3188. The pilots of the other 2 were P/O J.L. Allen (survived and rescued) and F/Lt D.G. Gribble (safely bailed out, returned UK by ship). According to the official report into the loss of this aircraft (Air Ministry file AIR 81/795): "Spitfire N3096 in air operations between Calais and Dunkirk, France, 25 May 1940. Sergeant F E Buckland: report of death". Some published sources list the crash site as nearer Dunkirk than Calais (see links #6 & #7)

Pilot of Spitfire N3096:
Sergeant Frank Edwin Buckland (Service Number 741093) - missing, presumed killed in action 25/05/40.

As no trace of Spitfire N3096 or its pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/795: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502466
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530759/buckland,-frank-edwin/
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p002.html
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/17990.php
6. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/54_squadron.html
7. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/raf-losses-may-1940-an-update.16940/page-13#post-199523
8. Air Battle for Dunkirk: 26 May - 3 June 1940 By Norman Franks


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Oct-2011 19:38 angels one five Added
25-Dec-2011 05:32 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
22-Jan-2012 20:57 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
04-Nov-2012 20:53 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2019 23:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-May-2019 09:43 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
10-Sep-2019 20:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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