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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:54 Squadron Royal Air Force (54 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R6711
C/n / msn: 765
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Deal, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
R6711: Spitfire Ia (c/no.765) First Flown 9-6-40. Delivered to the RAF at 9 MU Cosford 10-6-40. Issued to 54 Squadron 12-6-40. Shot down near Deal Kent 7-7-40. Struck Off Charge 12-7-40 as Cat.C(3)

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1033): "Spitfire R6711 lost in air operations, 7 July 1940. Pilot Officer A R McL Campbell: injured"

Airborne from RAF Hornchurch, Esssex for a combat air patrol off Dover, Kent between 13:05 and 13:22 hours. Shot down and crashed (force landed) near Deal, Kent, with the pilot of the Spitfire being wounded. Some sources claim that Spitfire R6711 was shot down by a Heinkel He 111 of 4/KG 55. However, Luftwaffe victory claims note that a Spitfire was shot down by a Bf 109 of Ofw. Arthur Dau of 7./JG51, 6 km South of Dover at 14:09 hours (=13:09 hours BST). The location time and date seems to strongly coincide with the loss of Spitfire R6711.

The corresponding RAF losses log states "Sunday, July 07, 1940; Alan Roberts McLeod Campbell (Canadian), 54 Squadron, Spitfire, R6711, Wounded. Patrol, take off 1300. Shot down by Me 109 off Deal".


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 41)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1033:
6. First of the Few: 5 June - July 1940 By Brian Cull
7. Men of The Battle of Britain: A Biographical Dictionary of The Few (page 74) By Kenneth G. Wynn

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Revision history:

08-Oct-2019 18:34 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Oct-2019 16:36 juza7 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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