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Last updated: 14 May 2020
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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:609 (West Riding) Squadron Royal Air Force (609 (West Riding) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1081
C/n / msn: 295
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 Northolt, South Ruislip, Middlesex
Destination airport:
L1081: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no 295). First Flown 17-8-39. Delivered to 609 (West Riding) Sqaudron, RAF 19-8-39 as "PR-C". Written off (presumed destroyed) when Missing (failed to return) while escorting Boulton Paul Defiants over Dunkerque 31-5-40. Pilot missing, presumed dead. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 8/701): "Spitfire L1081 failed to return from air operations over Dunkirk, France, 31 May 1940. Flying Officer J C Gilbert: missing presumed dead

Airborne from RAF Northolt, South Ruislip, Middlesex to escort a squadron of Boulton Paul Defiants over Dunkirk, Shot down in combat with a Bf-109 over Dunkirk. Pilot killed

Crew of Spitfire L1081:
Flying Officer John Charles Gilbert, RAF (AAF) 90327, age 27, posted 31/05/1940, as missing presumed killed. As no trace of F/O Gilbert was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 5)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/701:

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Revision history:

08-Aug-2013 00:47 JINX Added
14-Aug-2013 17:45 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
01-Sep-2019 20:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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