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Last updated: 9 March 2020
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Time:16:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:19 Squadron Royal Air Force (19 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9305
C/n / msn: 509
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dunkerque, Pas de Calais -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
P9305: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 509). First Flown 19-1-40. Delivered to the RAF at 24 MU 24-1-40. Issued to 19 Squadron 5-4-40 as "QV-F". Shot down by Bf109s near Dunkerque 27-5-40; Sgt C A Irwin killed.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/618): "Spitfire P9305 failed to return from an operational flight over the Dunkirk-Calais area, France, 26 May 1940. Sergeant C A Irwin: missing presumed dead"

Took off from RAF Hornchurch to Patrol the Dunkirk-Calais sector. Shot down in combat with Me 109s of 1/JG2, South West of Calais at 16:00.

Crew of Spitfire P9305
Sergeant Charles Albert Irwin (pilot, RAF 564214, aged 24) - posted 26/05/40 as missing inaction, presumed dead.

As no trace of Spitfire P9305 or its pilot was ever found, the pilot s commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 52
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/618:

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Revision history:

22-Aug-2019 19:24 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Aug-2019 16:29 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
09-Mar-2020 15:56 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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