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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52640
Last updated: 14 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb
Owner/operator:485 (NZ) Squadron Royal Air Force (485 (NZ) Sqn RAF)
Registration: BM183
C/n / msn: OU-D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Biezelinge - Kapelle; Zeeland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 13:25 hrs for a Rhubarb operation to Vlissingen in Zeeland.
The aircraft was shot down by the 7./Marine-Flak-Abteilung 810 based on the Zuid-Beveland peninsula.

Rhubarb fighter or fighter-bomber sections, at times of low cloud and poor visibility, crossing the English Channel and then dropping below cloud level to search for opportunity targets such as railway locomotives and rolling stock, aircraft on the ground, enemy troops, and vehicles on roads.

Sgt (NZ413156) R.W. Vessey (pilot) RNzAF - killed

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
01-Jan-2012 09:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
12-Aug-2017 17:31 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2018 07:31 Nepa Updated [Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
14-May-2020 17:07 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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