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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 49271
Last updated: 7 October 2020
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Time:15:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb
Owner/operator:485 (NZ) Squadron Royal Air Force (485 (NZ) Sqn RAF)
Registration: NH514
C/n / msn: OU-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Breda, Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:B.65 Maldeghem, Belgium (takeoff at 14:15 hrs)
Destination airport:B.65 Maldeghem, Belgium
Operation - Armed Recce.
The aircraft was hit by flying debris of an exploding ammunition train.
The pilot may have baled out, but was too low for his parachute to deploy.

P/O (NZ4211615) Francis Charles MATTHEWS (pilot) RNZAF - killed in action.

He was buried at Breda on the 9th of January, but now rests at Bergen op Zoom; grave 4 A 9.

Spitfire production list.

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
17-Mar-2014 13:04 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2014 13:07 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
17-Mar-2014 13:08 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
05-Apr-2015 08:39 Jixn Updated [Operator, Narrative]
03-Jan-2020 12:23 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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