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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158412
Last updated: 1 November 2020
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Date:02-JUL-1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI
Owner/operator:681 Squadron Royal Air Force (681 Sqn RAF)
Registration: PA848
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:Bay of Bengal -   Indian Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Alipore
Destination airport:RAF Cox's Bazar
Narrative:
Missing on PR mission to Namsang, Burma, presumed ditched.

Spitfire PA848 was flying from its base at RAF Alipore, south of Calcutta, to Cox's Bazar airport in
East Bengal (today Bangladesh) in order to top up its fuel tanks before continuing on with its PR sortie to Namchang.
This was the usual procedure for PR Spitfires operating from Alipore into Burma.
The Spitfire never arrived at Cox's Bazar.
The direct route from Alipore to Cox's Bazar runs across the northern part of the Bay of Bengal and it is thought that the Spitfire crashed or ditched in the sea.

W/O (Aus412908) William John Cooper RAAF - killed.
R.I.P.


Sources:

Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999
RAF Casualties-1944
https://www.scribd.com/doc/156944140/Eyes-for-the-Phoenix
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Aug-2013 03:04 JINX Added
24-Aug-2013 06:24 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
06-Jan-2014 23:10 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2014 23:24 angels one five Updated [Destination airport]
09-Jun-2015 06:19 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
24-May-2018 07:07 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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