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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184211
Last updated: 24 August 2020
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Date:15-MAY-1948
Time:10:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk IX
Owner/operator:Royal Egyptian Air Force (REAF)
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Herzlia Beach -   Israel
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Shot down 15 May 1948 by Sam Rose by machine gun fire. The Spitfire is reported to have crash landed on Herzliya beach and the downed pilot was Flight Lt Mahmoud Barakat, who was captured alive and interrogated by Israeli forces

The airframe was used for spares recovery by the Israeli Air Force. The port wing was removed by technicians, as other shots show it still attached. Some have suggested that this aircraft, which was downed on 15 May 1948, formed the basis of D-130, the first Israeli Spitfire. Others have dismissed this as unlikely as the port wing was ripped off in the belly landing, as seems apparent by the multiple photos of the aircraft being craned from the water.

Sources:

1. http://www.machal.org.il/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=122&Itemid=176&lang=en
2. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?86224-Interesting-Spitfire-image
3. http://101squadron.com/101real/spitfires.html
4. https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafcms/mediafiles/F0F617FC_5056_A318_A8943D8DA64F830C.pdf
5. https://www.mahal-idf-volunteers.org/about/Machal.pdf


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Feb-2016 14:10 gerard57 Added
15-Nov-2017 21:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
13-Jan-2020 20:22 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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