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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 49541
Last updated: 5 May 2020
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Date:11-DEC-1944
Time:15:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX
Owner/operator:74 Squadron Royal Air Force (74 Sqn RAF)
Registration: NH481
C/n / msn: 4D-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Woeste Hoeve, municipality Apeldoorn, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:B.70 Antwerp/Deurne, Belgium
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Took off from Antwerp B70 for a meteo recce flight in the Amersfoort area. This was for a bombing raid on the V1 sites in the area. Secondary mission, to seek and destroy enemy ground movements.
According to an eye witness, the aircraft was shot down whilst strafing an armoured column moving from Arnhem to Apeldoorn. The aircraft crashed by the side of the road just south of Groenendaal and contrary to official reports, was not destoyed by fire.

The 23-year-old pilot, Flying Officer Douglas Haig Over, succumbed to his injuries and rests at the Oosterbeek War Cemetery; grave 4 D 1. The inscription reads:

"PRAISES ON TOMBS ARE VAINLY SPENT A GOOD NAME IS A MONUMENT"

Sources:

https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T4801&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps
2019 Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
02-Mar-2009 04:20 gdryland Updated
02-Mar-2009 04:21 gdryland Updated
04-Mar-2009 09:07 gdryland Updated
24-Oct-2019 19:39 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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