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Last updated: 3 October 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: L1087
C/n / msn: 302
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, 2 miles off Dover, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Northolt, South Ruislip, Middlesex
Destination airport:
L1087: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 302) First Flown 23-8-39. Delivered to the RAF at 609 (West Riding) Squadron 27-8-39 as "PR-E". Written off (destroyed) when Ditched in Channel during escort for 264 Squadron Defiants to Dunkerque 31-5-40. Pilot survived.

Airborne from RAF Northolt, South Ruislip, Middlesex to escort 264 Squadron's Boulton Paul Defiants for a combat air patrol over Dunkirk. Pilot - Sgt G.C. Bennett - bailed out after being damaged by an Me109, and was rescued. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident "Spitfire L1087 crashed into the English Channel, 31 May 1940. Sergeant G C Bennett: injured"

One published source states that L1087 ditched into the English Channel off Dover, Kent: "Sgt Bennett in L1087 shot down a Heinkel He 111. His aircraft was badly shot up, but he attempted to return to base, accompanied by Flying Officer Russell in Spitfire L1058. About 2 miles from Dover he suddenly nose-dived into the Channel. He was seen to get out of the aircraft by Flying Officer Russell, who apparently signalled a tug at Dover, which put out and picked up Sgt Bennett."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/730:

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Revision history:

08-Aug-2013 19:43 JINX Added
14-Aug-2013 17:48 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
04-Sep-2019 20:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Sep-2019 20:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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