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Date:25-APR-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR.III
Owner/operator:212 Squadron Royal Air Force (212 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3071
C/n / msn: 360
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Großbettlingen, district of Esslingen, Baden-Württemberg -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Heston, Middlesex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First Flown 11-10-39. To RAF at 27MU Shawbury 12-10-39. To A&AEE Boscombe Down 25-10-39 comparison trials with Spitfire K9793 of the PDU. To Heston Aircaft Ltd and Converted to Spitfire PR.III (modifications included 2xF24 vertical cameras (one per wing) and repainted in pale green Camotint overall). First Photo-Recce Spitfire on operational sortie to Aachen, Germany, 18-11-39 from Lille, France.Flown by Ft/Lt Maurice 'Shorty' Longbottom. Housed in hangar 'Special Survey Flight'; second sortie 20-11-39. To RAE for trials. To 212 Squadron (presumably on formation on 10-2-40)**

Damaged by Bf 109 on Photo Recce mission and crashed at Großbettlingen, district of Esslingen, in Baden-Württemberg, near Stuttgart (at approximate Coordinates: 48°35′25″N 9°18′32″E) on 21-4-40; Pilot Flying Officer C D Milne: bailed out, survived, captured and taken as prisoner of war

**In early 1940 a detachment from the Photographic Development Unit was sent to Meaux, France, and was designated No. 212 Squadron on 10 February 1940. Operating the Spitfire and Blenheim it flew strategic reconnaissance sorties over Germany until being evacuated to Britain following the fall of France. It was disbanded on 18 June 1940.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. Matusiak, Wojtek. Merlin PR Spitfires (Classic Warbirds No. 10). Wellington, New Zealand: Ventura Publications, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9582296-2-3.
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/170: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141971
4. http://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/N3071
5. https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/uk/raf/spitfire5/spitfire-n3071-lilly-1939/
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire_(early_Merlin-powered_variants)#Early_reconnaissance_(PR)_variants
7. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p002.html
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._212_Squadron_RAF
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro%C3%9Fbettlingen

F.24 Camera installation in the wing of Spitfire N3071, PRDU RAF Heston 1939 THE ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT, FARNBOROUGH, 1939-1945. THE ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT, FARNBOROUGH, 1939-1945. © IWM (C 5472)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jun-2019 21:54 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Jun-2019 21:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
11-Jun-2019 05:49 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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