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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53826
Last updated: 7 November 2020
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Date:22-AUG-1940
Time:13:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:54 Squadron Royal Air Force (54 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R6708
C/n / msn: 762
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The Channel, off Deal, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Spitfire 1a R6708: First Flown 8-6-40. Delivered to the RAF at 9 MU Cosford 9-6-40. To 54 Squadron at RAF Hornchurch, Essex as 'KL-S' 12-6-40.

Shot down 22-8-40 during combat with Bf 109s over the The Channel, off Deal, Kent. Pilot - Sergeant G.R. Collett - killed. Sgt Collett's grave is at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Netherlands, as his body was washed ashore on the Netherlands coast.

Crew: Sgt George Richard Collett (pilot, Service Number 745500, aged 24) - killed

Formally Struck Off Charge on 29-8-40 as Cat.E(Missing)

Sources:

1. The Battle of Britain Then and Now.
2. http://allspitfirepilots.org/pilots/1295
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) Filre AIR81/2721: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16472056
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2033597/collett,-george-richard/
5. https://goodwinsandssos.org/save-our-shipwrecks/
6. http://www.the-battle-of-britain.co.uk/pilots/Co-pilots.html
7. https://forum.keypublishing.com/forum/historic-aviation/104435-54-squadron-spitfire-individual-id-letter?p=2329427#post2329427


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
04-Mar-2011 22:17 angels one five Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2011 13:10 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2012 01:49 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
30-Sep-2015 16:52 sandman56 Updated [Narrative]
29-May-2019 01:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2019 12:52 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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