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Date:31-MAY-1940
Time:day
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) Sqn RAF
Registration: N3274
C/n / msn: 486
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
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
N3274: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 486) First Flown 3-1-40. Delivered to the RAF at 9 MU Cosford 16-1-40. Issued to 610 (County of Chester) Squadron 23-4-40 as "DW-W". Shot down by Bf109s near Dunkerque 31-5-40; pilot killed. Total Flying Hours 24.75.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident: "Spitfire N3274 lost in air operations over Dunkirk, France, 31 May 1940. Flying Officer G L Chambers: missing presumed dead". Airborne from RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent for a combat air patrol over Dunkirk using the call sign "Yellow 2". On patrol over Dunkirk the Squadron was attacked by Me 109s. Chambers (Yellow 2) reported shot down 31/5/40 in Spitfire N3274. Confirmed KIA 31st May 1940

Crew of Spitfire N3274:
Flying Officer Graham Lambert Chambers, RAF (AAF) 90343, posted 31/05/1940, as missing, presumed dead

As no trace of Spitfire N3274 or its pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1977)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/735: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502619
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1084232/chambers,-graham-lambert/
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p003.html
5. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/610_squadron.html#3105
6. https://scarfandgoggles.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/
7. http://610squadron.com/wwii_pilots/
8. Air Battle for Dunkirk: 26 May - 3 June 1940 By Norman Franks
9. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/raf-losses-may-1940-an-update.16940/page-16#post-202706
10. http://www.cieldegloire.com/sq_raf_610.php


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Sep-2019 18:33 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Sep-2019 15:29 stehlík49 Updated [Operator]

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