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Last updated: 27 May 2020
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Date:23-MAR-1944
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XI
Owner/operator:681 Squadron Royal Air Force (681 Sqn RAF)
Registration: PA853
C/n / msn: 5224
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dum Dum, Bengal, Calcutta -   India
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Dum Dum, Ca;lcutta, India
Destination airport:
Narrative:
PA853: Spitfire PR.XI c/n 5224 (Merlin 63 engine). First Flown 23-12-43. Delivered to RAF Benson 27-12-43 for packing and shipping overseas. To No.1 OADU (Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit) 10-2-44. Received by ACSEA (Air Command South East Asia) 21-2-44. Issued to 681 Squadron, RAF at Dum Dum, Calcutta, in February 1944.

Written off on operations 23-3-44: failed to return from operational sortie after taking off from RAF Dum Dum, Calcutta, India. 681 Squadron ORB does not list objective of sortie. Pilot (and sole occupant) - Flying Officer Vance Everett Cross (Service Number J21019, aged 23) - was posted as missing in action, later as Killed in action.

Pilot was an American citizen - he was the Son of Orris Everett Cross and Neva M. Cross, of Athens, Ohio, U.S.A., and had joined the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p084.html
3. http://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/PA853
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=PA853
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1814315/CROSS,%20VANCE%20EVERETT
6. http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/681_wwII.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Aug-2013 03:04 JINX Added
27-Mar-2015 21:07 Juan P.Paco Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
30-Apr-2018 21:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Sep-2018 09:44 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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