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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21965
Last updated: 20 May 2020
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Time:20:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:212 Squadron Royal Air Force (212 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9392
C/n / msn: 575
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oberlethe near Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Northern Germany. -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Heston, Middlesex
Destination airport:
P9392: Spitfire Ia (C/no.575) First Flown 6-3-40. Delivered to the RAF at 24 MU 9-3-40. Issued to 212 Squadron, 7-4-40 Missing on recce flight 19-6-40. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/956): "Spitfire P9392 failed to return from an operational flight, 19 June 1940. Pilot Officer J H Nicholson: report of death".

Took off 17:45 from RAF Heston, Middlesex. Operation: recce over Emden/Bremen. Failed to return, presumed shot down by flak/AAA. Pilot killed; Spitfire P9392 crashed 20:30 hrs at Oberlethe near Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Northern Germany.

Crew of Spitfire P9392:
Pilot Officer John Herbert Nicholson (Pilot, South African) RAF 41052, aged 26, buried at Hanover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany

The reported crash site of Oberlethe is a suburb of Oldenburg in Lower Saxony at approximate Coordinates: 5308′38″N 812′50″E


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley Air Britain. 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/956:
6. (German text)

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Revision history:

03-Aug-2008 11:28 Anon. Added
26-Dec-2011 13:21 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2011 02:53 Nepa Updated [Operator]
17-Jan-2012 04:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
04-Nov-2012 21:21 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Narrative]
05-Nov-2012 23:17 angels one five Updated [Nature, Narrative]
28-May-2014 11:38 angels one five Updated [Operator, Source]
02-Jun-2015 10:37 Coumes Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Oct-2019 17:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-Oct-2019 10:18 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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