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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228114
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:24-MAY-1940
Time:07:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Ia
Owner/operator:74 (Tiger) Squadron Royal Air Force (74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9952
C/n / msn: 165
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dunkerque, Pas de Calais -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Rochford, Southend, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
K9952: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 165). First Flown 28-4-39, Issued to 74 Squadron 2-5-39. Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from a combat air patrol over Dunkirk 24-5-40. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/535): "Spitfire K9952 failed to return from an operational flight off the French coast, 24 May 1940. Sergeant E A Mould: missing, later returned safe"

Reportedly hit by return fire from a He 111 in combat over Dunkirk. Spitfire K9952 was set on fire, and the pilot - Sgt Edward Anthony Mold (RAF 67599) bailed out by parachute. He landed unhurt, and made his was back to his squadron by boat via Dunkirk, arriving back on May 31.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 80)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/535: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502023
3. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=6545
4. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpost.php?p=249098&postcount=9
5. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/74_squadron.html
6. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Mould.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Aug-2019 21:25 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Aug-2019 06:52 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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