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Last updated: 13 January 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:609 (West Riding) Squadron Royal Air Force (609 (West Riding) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R6637
C/n / msn: 726
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, off Portland Bill, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Middle Wallop, Hampshire
Destination airport:
R6637: Spitfire Ia (c/no.726) First Flown 27-5-40. Delivered to the RAF at 24 MU 30-5-40. Issued to 609(West Riding) Squadron as 'PR-Q' 4-6-40. Missing from interception off Portland Bill; pilot, Flying Officer Drummond-Hay killed 9-7-40

According to official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1061): "Spitfire R6637 lost in air operations, 9 July 1940. Flying Officer P Drummond-Hay: missing presumed dead"

Airborne from RAF Middle Wallop, Hampshire at 21:30 hrs for a combat air patrol; shot down by Lt Egon Mayer, I/JG 2, and crashed into the sea off Portland, Dorset.

Crew of Spitfire R6637:
Flying Officer Peter Drummond-Hay (Pilot) RAF 90321, aged 31, posted as missing, believed killed in action 09/07/1940.

As no trace of Spitfire R6637 or its pilot was ever found, he is Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1061:
7. First of the Few: 5 June - July 1940 By Brian Cull

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Revision history:

10-Oct-2019 20:45 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Oct-2019 21:40 juza7 Updated [Operator]
13-Jan-2020 19:53 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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