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Date:29-MAY-1940
Time:18:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:64 Squadron Royal Air Force (64 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9832
C/n / msn: 46
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, 25 km NE of Calais, Pas de Calais -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey
Destination airport:
Narrative:
K9832: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 46). First Flown 30-12-38. Delivered to the RAF at 41 Squadron. Transferred to 64 Squadron 9-3-40 as "SH-M". Written off (presumed destroyed) when Failed To Return from a sortie over Dunkirk 29-5-40. Pilot - Pilot Officer R T George killed"

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/665): "Spitfire K9832 lost in air operations over France, 29 May 1940. Flying Officer R T George: missing presumed dead".

Flying Officer George served with 64 Squadron, Royal Air Force, flying Supermarine Spitfire aircraft. He was shot down while flying Spitfire Mk.I K9832 by a Messerchmidt Bf109 over the Channel, in an action which saw two other 64 Squadron pilots lost, including the Commanding Officer,[in Spitfire L1052] while another pilot, Sgt Flynn [in Spitfire K9906], shot down the first Bf-109 claimed by 64 Squadron.

According to one published source (see link #9): "Hauptmann Dr. Albrecht Ochs, claimed [a Spitfire] on May 29, 1940. The combat occurred at 18:30 hours 25 kilometers northeast of Calais, and according to the description in a feldpost letter, involved several Spitfires, as well as the Bf-109's of 4. Staffel JG 3". Note however, which of the three 64 Squadron Spitfires shot down this day by Hauptmann Ochs is not specified.

Crew of Spitfire K9832:
Flying Officer Reginald "Rex" Tyrell George, (Pilot) RAF 40296, age 20, posted 29/05/1940, as missing, presumed killed in action.

As no trace of Spitfire K9832 or its pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 79
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/665: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502248
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1270735/george,-reginald-tyrrell/
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
5. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/64_squadron.html#2905
6. https://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/K9832
7. http://www.isle-of-wight-memorials.org.uk/people_2_g/george_rt.htm
8. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/raf-losses-may-1940-an-update.16940/page-15#post-201536
9. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=4622 .


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Aug-2019 20:18 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Aug-2019 20:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Aug-2019 20:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Aug-2019 04:12 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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