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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk IV
Owner/operator:3./118 RAP VVS
Registration: BP923
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Vaddasgaisa, Finmark -   Norway
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 4 September 1943 Starshii Leytenant Vladimir Nikolaevich Solovkin of 3./118 RAP did not return from a recce mission to Kafjord, Norway, where Tirpitz was moored.

The wreckage of his Spitfire PR IV BP923 was discovered at mountain Vaddasgaisa, south of Lakselv, Finnmark, in 1972. In 1989 it was salvaged by the Royal Norwegian Air Force and brought to Gardemoen.

Some years later the aircraft was acquired by Sven Kindblom and brought to Sweden. He is in progress of restoring BP923 into flying condition again.

A number of RAF PR Mk.IVs were dispatched to Russia on three separate operations during the war, Operation Orator (1942), Operation Source (1943) and Operation Tungsten (1944). After the last missions of Operation Orator, on 15 October 1942, the RAF handed over the three remaining reconnaissance Spitfires, AB132, BP891 and BP923 to the VVS SF Air Force of the Northern Fleet.

Sources:;topic=1830.0 (Soviet loss list, no more online)

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22-Nov-2018 21:41 Laurent Rizzotti Added

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