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Date:26-JUN-1940
Time:00:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:222 (Natal) Squadron Royal Air Force (222 (Natal) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9420
C/n / msn: 582
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hemswell, near Nomanton, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Kirton-in-Lindsay
Destination airport:
Narrative:
P9420: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 582) First Flown 15-3-40. Delivered to the RAF at 6 MU Cosford 20-3-40. Issued to 222 (Natal) Squadron 4-6-40 as ZD-K; Damaged by cannon shell on night interception crash landed near Hemswell, Lincolnshire 26-6-40. Struck Off Charge 2-7-40 as Cat.C(3).

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/996): "Spitfire P9420 crashed on force landing at Hemswell near Normanton, Lincolnshire, 26 June 1940. Pilot Officer Roy A L Morant: injured".

According to one source (First of the Few: 5 June - July 1940 By Brian Cull) Spitfire P9420 was hit by return fire from a Heinkel He.111 5J+DH of 1 Staffel/KG 4 over the mouth of the River Humber off Immingham. The Heinkel He.111 had already been "coned" by searchlights, and hit by ground AAA fire; the attack by P/O Roy Morant resulted in the death of one crew member of the Heinkel (Uffz Oaskar Hoffmann).

The "Tally Ho" (signal to attack) was given at 00:25 hrs, and Spitfire P9420 was hit by return fire at 00:54 hrs and was returning to base. The time of 00:54 hrs coincides with the time that a He 111 was seen to dive into the River Humber, although the only signs were a parachute and a patch of oil on the water.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/996: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502447
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p009.html
4. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1940-incident-logs#jun
5. First of the Few: 5 June - July 1940 By Brian Cull


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2008 11:29 Anon. Added
26-Dec-2011 12:27 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Nov-2012 21:35 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Nature, Narrative]
09-Jun-2015 09:28 Angel dick one Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
03-Oct-2019 22:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Oct-2019 06:28 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
05-Oct-2019 22:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn]

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