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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 171276
Last updated: 28 September 2020
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Date:31-JUL-1944
Time:15:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV
Owner/operator:91 (Nigeria) Squadron Royal Air Force (91 (Nigeria) Sqn RAF)
Registration: RM654
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hooe, NW of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Deanland
Destination airport:RAF Deanland
Narrative:
In collision with Tempest Mk V EJ586 during an anti-flying bomb patrol.
It appears that the pilot of RM654 strayed from his patrol position when he heard that V-1s were " crossing in" near Hastings.
The Spitfire was struck from above and behind by the Tempest which had just descended through the low cloud layer above. Given the relative positions of the two planes, neither pilot would have been able to see the other in time to take effective avoiding action.

F/O (147354) Patrick Alfred Schade DFM RAFVR - killed in action.
R.I.P.

Sources:

Spitfire production list. N.B. gives the crash location as Hove, a typo.
commands.com/forum/showthread.php?17788-Collision-31-July-1944-Does-anyone-have-copies-of-the-ORBs-for-91-and-486-Squadrons
CWGC


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Nov-2014 05:29 angels one five Added
14-Nov-2014 05:33 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
02-Jun-2015 19:43 DB Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Sep-2019 23:04 angels one five Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]

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