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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157689
Last updated: 9 October 2020
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Date:12-AUG-1940
Time:dusk
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:610 (County of Chester) Squadron Royal Air Force (610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1044
C/n / msn: 259
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thames Estuary, 8 miles off Romney Marsh, Kent. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Gravesend Airport, Gravesend, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Spitfire Mk.I L1044, ("DW-H") of 610 (County of Chester) Squadron, RAF Gravesend, Kent: Written off (destroyed) 12/8/40 when damaged by Bf.109s & abandoned over the Thames Estuary, eight miles off Romney Marsh, Kent. Hit by cannon fire round the cockpit area, and the fuel tanks and caught fire.

Pilot - Pilot Officer Edward Brian Bretherton Smith - baled out and parachuted to safety. He was recovered by a nearby trawler, the captain of whom turned out to be an old school friend!

Two weeks after the above incident, P/O Smith was awarded the DFC. P/O Smith survived WWII, and left the RAF in 1946.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. Battle of Britain: An Epic Conflict Revisited By Christer Bergström page 100
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p002.html
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/smith-edward.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jul-2013 04:58 JINX Added
02-Aug-2013 11:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
01-May-2018 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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