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Last updated: 26 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:64 Squadron Royal Air Force (64 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1053
MSN: 268
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dunkerque, Pas de Calais, Hauts de France -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey
Destination airport:
L1053: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 268) First Flown 11-7-39. Delivered to the RF at 9 MU Cosford 13-7-39. Issued to 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron 9-9-39. Transferred to 64 Squadron 19-3-40. Missing over Dunkerque 1-6-40. Pilot Pilot Officer T C Hey missing presumed shot down by Bf.109s.

Airborne from RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey for a combat air patrol over the Dunkirk area, leading the Yellow Section of 64 Squadron, and using the call sign "Yellow 1". Shot down over Dunkirk, and his body was washed ashore some distance away, on the Frisian Islands

Crew of Spitfire L1053
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Thomas Charles Hey, RAF 43169, age 28, killed in action 01/06/1940, buried at Sage War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany

Many Dunkirk victims were washed ashore on the Frisian isles, in the North of the Netherlands and Germany. Those that washed ashore in Germany were mostly buried at Sage War Cemetery, at Niedersachsen, Germany. This may explain why P/O Thomas Hey was buried at the Sage War Cemetery - it was close to where his body was washed ashore.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 5)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/737:
7. Their Finest Hour: Stories of the Men who Won the Battle of Britain By Nick Thomas

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Revision history:

24-Jul-2013 04:25 JINX Added
01-Aug-2013 20:31 Nepa Updated [Operator]
11-Mar-2016 15:53 Red Dragon Updated [Registration, Total fatalities, Narrative]
04-Sep-2019 23:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
05-Sep-2019 19:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Sep-2019 15:29 stehlík49 Updated [Operator]

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