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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22106
Last updated: 20 August 2020
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Date:01-JUN-1940
Time:05:40 LT
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: P9339
C/n / msn: 542
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bouquehault, 16 km south of Calais, Pas de Calais -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
P9339: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no 542) First Flown 13-2-40. Delivered to the RAF at 6 MU 25-2-40. Issued to 222 (Natal) Squadron 16-3-40 as "ZD-J". Shot down by Bf 109 on patrol over Dunkerque 1-6-40; pilot killed. Total Flying Hours 92.05.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident: "Spitfire P9339 crashed at Bouquehault, France, 1 June 1940. Pilot Officer G Massey-Sharpe: report of death".

Airborne from RAF Hornchurch, Essex for a dawn combat air patrol over the Dunkirk area. Shot down in air to air combat by a Bf 109 at Bouquehault, 15 km south of Calais, Pas de Calais, France, and killed in action. However, some sources state the the Spitfire collided head-on with a Bf 110C of Oberlt Möller of 2./ZG1 at 05:40 hrs; P/O Gerald Massey-Sharpe was killed, and the crew of the Bf 110C bailed out and were captured.

Crew of Spitfire P9339:
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Gerald Massey-Sharpe, RAF 41857, age 19, killed in action 01/06/1940, buried at Pihen-les-Guines Cemetery (near Dunkirk), Pas de Calais, France

The reported crash location of Bouquehault is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region in northern France, located 10 miles (16 km) south of Calais, at approximate Coordinates: 50°49′38″N 1°54′15″E.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 52)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/721: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502498
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280516/massey-sharpe,-gerald/
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/222_squadron.html#0106
5. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=5156
6. http://aircrewremembered.com/massey-sharpe-gerald.html
7. https://forum.keypublishing.com/forum/historic-aviation/100942-spitfire-p9339-222-sqn-shot-down-1-june-1940
8. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=18668
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouquehault


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2008 23:16 Anon. Added
27-Dec-2011 07:12 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2012 01:50 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport, Narrative]
10-Nov-2012 02:34 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport, Narrative]
25-Feb-2014 00:59 angels one five Updated [Operator, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jun-2015 09:35 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
02-Sep-2019 23:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2019 23:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2019 23:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
03-Sep-2019 19:44 stehlík49 Updated [Operator]
08-Sep-2019 02:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Damage]

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