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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 165667
Last updated: 27 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Va
Owner/operator:41 Squadron Royal Air Force (41 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W3565
C/n / msn: 1850
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:The Channel, between the North Foreland and Blankenberge -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Westhampnett, Sussex
Destination airport:
41 Squadron was escorting 18 Hurricane Bombers of Nos 32 and 607 Squadrons in an attack on the German battle fleet that had sailed for Norway from Brest the evening before.
Flying under a low ceiling of about 500 feet the group was a few miles west of Blankenberge, Belgium, when smoke was seen emitting from the engine of one of the Spitfires.
The OC of 41 Squadron, Sqdn-Ldr Petrus Hugo, ordered his pilot to head for home. The Spitfire turned and headed west, but never reached land and is believed to have crashed or ditched in the sea.

Sgt (1256932) Bruce Paul Dunstan RAFVR - missing, presumed dead.
Bruce Dunstan is remembered today on the Runnymede Memorial.


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22-Apr-2014 00:13 angels one five Added
06-Jun-2015 20:58 Angel dick one Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2016 07:45 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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