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Last updated: 22 February 2020
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Date:09-APR-1941
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk III
Owner/operator:3 PRU Royal Air Force (3 PRU RAF)
Registration: X4712
C/n / msn: 1274
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Texel, Frisian Islands, Noord Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On April 9, 1941 Flying Officer J.H.L Blount, DFC (33471) left RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire with his Spitfire X4712 ("LY-E") of 3 PRU, RAF. The purpose of this flight was photo reconnaissance over the port of Bremen. He was attacked by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 piloted by Fw. Rudolf Mickel.

The Spitfire was seriously damaged and F/O Blount was forced into a 'belly landing' on the island of Texel. The Spitfire was destroyed by fire, it is not clear if the fire was started due to an overheated engine, or the Bf-109. He was taken prisoner by the Germans and spent the remainder of the war in prison camps Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria.

After his release in 1945 he returned to his career in the RAF and progressed through the ranks. In 1967 he was Captain of the Queen's Flight and was tragically killed, together with three other crew members, when the Whirlwind HCC.12 XR487, in which he was travelling to RAF Yeovilton, lost a rotor blade and crashed at Brightwalton in Berkshire.

Sources:

1. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1941%20sec_tcm5-7282.pdf
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p015.html
3. http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/willem25.htm
4. http://histomil.com/viewtopic.php?t=13294
5. Photos of burning wreckage: http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/img1A1.jpg
6. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?99&p=457#457
7. http://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/X4712


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
29-Apr-2010 11:28 angels one five Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2011 07:59 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
19-Sep-2013 06:08 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
09-Jun-2015 17:08 Angel dick one Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
08-May-2019 08:55 Anon. Updated [Photo]
24-May-2019 18:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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