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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 Mk Ia
Owner/operator:66 Squadron Royal Air Force (66 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3047
C/n / msn: 335
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Dunkerque, Pas de Calais, Haut de France -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk
Destination airport:
N3047: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no. 335) First Flown 27-9-39. Delivered to the RAF at 8 MU Little Rissington 30-9-39. Issued to 66 Squadron 30-10-39 as "LZ-B". Missing presumed shot down by Bf109s over Dunkerque 2-6-40; pilot missing, presumed killed.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/770): "Spitfire N3947 [*sic] failed to return from air operations over Dunkirk, France, 2 June 1940. Sergeant M W Hayman: report of death"

Took off from RAF Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, for a Combat Air Patrol over Dunkirk. Shot down in combat with Bf 109s and Bf 110s over Dunkirk. Pilot killed, body recovered

Crew of Spitfire N3047:
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Maurice William Hayman, RAF 564713, age 26, killed in action 02/06/1940, buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Note: The official Air Ministry file AIR 81/770 quotes the serial number as "N3497" [sic]. The serial N3497 was allocated to a Boulton Paul Defiant of 456 and later 286 Squadrons. The correct serial was N3047 as per the above


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/770:

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Revision history:

09-Sep-2019 20:13 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Sep-2019 20:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Sep-2019 19:56 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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