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Date:05-JUN-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:266 (Rhodesian) Squadron Royal Air Force (266 (Rhodesian) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3092
C/n / msn: 363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Dunkerque, Pas de Calais, Haut de France -   France
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
N3092: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 363) First Flown 13-10-39. Delivered to the RAF at 6 MU Brize Norton 16-10-39. Issued to 266 (Rhodesian) Squadron 19-1-40 as "UO-V". Shot down by Bf109s over Dunkerque 2-6-40; pilot killed. Total Flying Hours 97.30.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/751): "Spitfire N3092 crashed at sea off Dunkirk, France, 2 June 1940. Sergeant R T Kidman: report of death"

2 June 1940 was 266 Squadron's first combat air patrol over Dunkirk, during which the squadron lost two Spitfires and two pilots. The squadron had moved to RAF Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk using this location as a "forward operations base" for Dunkirk patrols. 266 Squadron found its first action when it engaged some Bf 109s whilst Yellow section attacked some Bf 110s, one of which was shot down by Pilot Officer R M Trousdale to claim 266's first kill. The squadron was also credited with four Bf 109s probably destroyed, but lost Pilot Officer Stevenson in Spitfire N3197/UO-S and Sergeant Kidman in N3092/OU-V killed.

Crew of Spitfire N3092:
Sergeant (Pilot) Ronald Thomas Kidman, RAFVR 741442, age 26, killed in action 02/06/1940, buried at Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Dunkirk, Pas de Calais, France

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/751: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502635
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2274979/kidman,-ronald-thomas/
4. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=5951
5. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/266_squadron.html#0206
6. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=52363 .


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2008 11:29 Anon. Added
25-Dec-2011 05:44 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
05-Nov-2012 00:27 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Narrative]
05-Nov-2012 00:40 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Narrative]
27-May-2013 20:51 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source]
08-Sep-2019 03:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Sep-2019 17:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Damage]
17-Sep-2019 19:58 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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