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Date:19-MAY-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk III
Owner/operator:PRU Royal Air Force (PRU RAF)
Registration: P9308
C/n / msn: 511
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rue Forzeau/Rue Estafflers, Templeuve, Tournai, Hainaut -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Seclin, France
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Supermarine Spitfire P9308; Built as a Spitfire Ia (c/no. 511). Originally built for delivery to the Turkish Air Force, but order cancelled 4-9-39 due to outbreak of war. First Flown 23-1-40. Delivered to 2 Photographic Development Unit, Heston Aircraft Ltd., Heston Middlesex 11-2-40. Converted to Spitfire PR.III Type C. To Vickers Armstrong Experimental Aircraft for mods (additional fuel tanks in wings, range 2000 miles; wing became Supermarine Type 353 'D' Wing)

To Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU), RAF 1-4-40. Coded "LY-A", although photographs of Spitfire P9308 show only the "LY" code. First Photo-Recce operation against Emden, Germany, 5-4-40 by Flight Lt Le Mesurier.

Written off (destroyed) when went Missing from PR mission to Hamburg. Pilot Officer J Coleman posted as missing, believed killed 19-5-40. Some published sources claim that Spitfire P9308 was shot down by a Messerschmit Bf-109 piloted by Fw Roth 4./JG. According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/421): "Pilot Officer J H Coleman, report of death; Spitfire P9308 crashed at Templeuve, Belgium, 19 May 1940". Unofficial sources give the crash site as the junction of Rue Forzeau and Rue Estafflers, in Templeuve, Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium.

Crew of Spitfire P9308:
Pilot Officer John Herbert Coleman, RAF 43692 (Pilot, New Zealander, aged 27), Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAF posted as missing believed killed in action 19/05/1940. Buried at Templeuve Communal Cemetery, Tournai, Arrondissement de Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium. P/O Coleman had previously served as a Spitfire pilot with 19 Squadron, RAF

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 52)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File Air 81/421: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502092
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p008.html
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2254639/coleman,-john-herbert/
5. http://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/P9308
6. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/pru.html
7. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpost.php?p=56877&postcount=5
8. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=5484
9. http://histomil.com/viewtopic.php?t=13294
10. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15081040/john-herbert-coleman
11. https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/john-herbert-coleman


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jul-2019 22:59 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Jul-2019 10:25 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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