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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 50672
Last updated: 15 October 2020
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Time:11:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk IX
Owner/operator:442 (Caribou) Sqn RCAF
Registration: MJ397
C/n / msn: Y2-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Zijtaart, Veghel, Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:B.80 Volkel (NL)
Destination airport:
Pilot-Sqn Ldr W A Olmsted DFC
His 500lb bomb failed to come off when he attacked a bridge over the Dortmond Canal. The weapon finally dropped away when he was strafing a lorry, the blast destroying the vehicle and badly damaging his Spitfire. He immediately realised that he had no elevator control, leaving the rudder as the only flying surface that would work probably. He managed to coax the ailing fighter back 100 miles to friendly territory, whereupon its Merlin seized and he baled out near Vokel and landed on a rooftop.ORB stated:- Hit by own bomb blast and baled out successfully. Returned to base an hour or two later.

RAF Fighter Losses of the Second World War Vol 3.

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
01-Apr-2017 17:49 Red Ragon Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2018 17:30 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
14-Oct-2019 17:26 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source]
24-Feb-2020 14:36 Xindel XL Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Operator]

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