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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225527
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Date:31-AUG-1940
Time:18:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Ia
Owner/operator:222 (Natal) Squadron Royal Air Force (222 (Natal) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9360
C/n / msn: 543
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Hornchurch, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First Flown 14-2-40; delivered to the RAF at 6 MU 25-2-40. Issued to 222 (Natal) Squadron, RAF Hornchurch 16-3-40 as ZD-M

Written off (Destroyed) while taking off in an air raid at RAF Hornchurch, Essex 31-8-40. Spitfire P9360 was frequently flown at this time by Pilot Officer Laurie (Herbert Laurence) Whitbread. However, he had gone into combat earlier the same day on Spitfire L1010, so it cannot be confirmed that he was at the controls at the time. Struck Off Charge 19-9-40 as Cat.E(FA)

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p002.html
3. http://www.nwamuseum.co.uk/WESTESSEXcrashesMishaps3WW2.pdf
4. https://www.netweather.tv/forum/topic/63129-the-battle-of-britain-weather-diary/page/5/
5. http://www.ourfinesthour.net/some-of-the-few/pilot-officer-laurie-whitbread/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-May-2019 19:23 Dr. John Smith Added
30-May-2019 12:48 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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