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Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Ia
Owner/operator:610 (County of Chester) Squadron Royal Air Force (610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3177
C/n / msn: 420
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dunkerque, Pas de Calais, Hauts de France -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Gravesend, Kent
Destination airport:
N3177: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 420). First Flown 15-11-39. Delivered to the RAF at 8 MU 20-11-39. First issued to 610 (County of Chester) Squadron, RAF 28-3-40 as "DW-T". Written off (presumed destroyed) when Failed To Return from combat operations 29-5-40; pilot killed. Flying Hours 73.10.

Airborne from RAF Gravesend, Kent for a combat air patrol over the Dunkirk-Calais sector. Shot down by a Bf-109, and pilot killed. Pilot was the Commanding Officer of 610 (County of Chester) Squadron, RAF.

Crew of Spitfire N3177:
Squadron Leader (Pilot) Alexander Lumsden Franks, RAF 26053, A F C, age 32, killed in action 29/05/1940

The body of Squadron Leader Franks was washed ashore at Memmert, one of the Friesian Islands on the Dutch coast, hence he was buried at the Sage War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 18)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/671:
7. Air Battle for Dunkirk: 26 May - 3 June 1940 By Norman Franks

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Revision history:

28-Aug-2019 23:20 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Sep-2019 20:15 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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