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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: R6705
C/n / msn: 758
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Manston, Ramsgate, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Ramsgate, Kent
Destination airport:RAF Manston, Ramsgate, Kent
R6705: Spitfire Ia (c/no. 758) First Flown 7-6-40. Delivered to the RAF at 8 MU Little Rissington 7-6-40. Issued to 54 Squadron 10-6-40; shot down by Bf 109 near Manston, Kent 9-7-40. Pilot - P/O Garton - killed.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1055): "Spitfire G6705 [*sic] lost in air operations, 9 July 1940. Pilot Officer J W Garton: report of death"

Airborne for a combat air patrol over the South Foreland, Kent; scrambled at 18:55 hours. One of two 54 Squadron Spitfires shot down in the combat engagement (R6705 and R6708). Believed shot down by a Bf 109 of 3./JG 51 and crashed near RAF Manston, Ramsgate, Kent

Crew of Spitfire R6705:
Pilot Officer Jack Wallace Garton (Pilot) RAF 70887; killed in action 09/07/1940, buried at Margate Cemetery, Margate, Kent


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 41
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1055:
6. First of the Few: 5 June - July 1940 By Brian Cull

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Revision history:

10-Oct-2019 18:45 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Oct-2019 18:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
11-Oct-2019 21:39 juza7 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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