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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: P9390
C/n / msn: 573
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Deal, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
P9390: Spitfire Ia (c/no. 573) First Flown 4-3-40. Delivered to the RAF at 9 MU Cosford 9-3-40. issued to 54 Squadron 25-4-40 as "KL-B". Damaged in combat by Bf 109 over Deal, Kent 2-7-40. Struck Off Charge 19-7-40 as Cat.C(3) to ground instructional airframe 2111M 22-10-40.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/10354): "Spitfire P9390 lost in air operations, 7 July 1940. Pilot Officer E J Coleman: injured".

Airborne from RAF Hornchurch, Essex for a combat air patrol off Dover, Kent between 13:05 and 13:22 (one of six 54 Squadron Spitfires assigned to this). Shot down by a Bf 109 and force landed near Deal, Kent; pilot - Pilot Officer Edward Jack Coleman - slightly wounded.

Trivia point: The "Airfix" 1/24th scale model of the Spitfire 1a is based, and has the markings supplied for P9390/KL-B of 54 Squadron, and named "Kiwi", as it was frequently flown in May and June 1940 by Air Commodore Alan Christopher "Al" Deere, DSO, OBE, DFC & Bar. Some reports state that "The remains of this aircraft have recently been excavated and are to be rebuilt".


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, p 52)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1034:
8. First of the Few: 5 June - July 1940 By Brian Cull

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Revision history:

08-Oct-2019 20:08 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Oct-2019 20:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
10-Oct-2019 16:36 juza7 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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