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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22113
Last updated: 9 October 2020
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Date:27-MAY-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:74 (Tiger) Squadron Royal Air Force (74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9875
C/n / msn: 93
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gravelines, Nord Department, 15 miles SW of Dunkirk -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Rochford, Southend, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
K9875: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no 93). First Flown 22-2-39. Delivered to 74 (Tiger) Squadron 27-2-39 as "ZP-Z". Written off (presumed destroyed) when Failed To Return from a combat air patrol over Dunkirk 27-5-40; pilot survived, captured, and became a PoW.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident: "Spitfire K9875 lost in air operations over Calais-Dunkirk area of France, 27 May 1940. Acting Flight Lieutenant W P F Treacy: missing, later reported to be a prisoner of war".

Pilot pilot belly-landed near Gravelines,

Crew of Spitfire K9875
Flight Lieutenant William Patrick Francis Treacy (pilot, RAF 37617) - survived, injured, captured, taken as a PoW

Flt Lt Treacy was captured by the Germans in the area of Gravelines. However, he escaped, only to be captured again in the south of France by Vichy French police. He escaped a second time, and took a train from Marseille (France) to Lisbon (Portugal), from where he was repatriated.

The reported crash location for Spitfire K9875 of Gravelines is a commune in the Nord department in Northern France. It lies at the mouth of the river Aa 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Dunkirk at approximate Coordinates: 5059′09″N 207′42″E.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 80)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/624: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502045
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
4. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpost.php?p=249098&postcount=9
5. http://allspitfirepilots.org/pilots/1264
6. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=5323
7. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/74_squadron.html
8. PoW Escape Report: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14082539


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2008 23:17 Anon. Added
03-Aug-2011 02:38 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2011 06:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
27-Dec-2011 07:10 Nepa Updated [Operator]
06-Nov-2012 20:53 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
25-Feb-2014 01:15 angels one five Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source]
09-Jun-2015 09:23 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
22-Aug-2019 21:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Aug-2019 16:29 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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