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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54321
Last updated: 5 November 2020
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Time:12:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk IB
Owner/operator:PDU Royal Air Force (PDU RAF)
Registration: N3069
C/n / msn: 358
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:west of the 's-Gravenwaardsedijk dyke, Tolkamer, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Spitfire Mk.Ia N3069 (c/no.358). First Flown 10-10-39. Delivered to the RAF at 6 MU 12-10-39. Issued to the PDU at Heston Aircraft Ltd and Converted to Spitfire PR. Mk.IA. To RAE Farnborough 20-10-39 for handling trials. Returned to PDU Heston 18-1-40 after upgrades and modifications to Spitfire PR.Mk.1B specification.
On the morning of 22 March, took off at 11:15 local time, for a photo recce operation over Germany.

The Spitfire N Flt PDU RAF was intercepted and shot down by fighter pilot Leutnant Harald Jung of the 1./JG 20, who was flying a Bf 109E from Bönninghardt airfield in Germany. The aircraft crashed near the small village of Herwen some 25 km east of Arnhem, near the German border. Pilot - Flying Officer (39147) Claude M. WHEATLEY, RAF - bailed out, but was killed when his parachute failed to open

Officially struck off charge due to a "Flying Accident" 1-8-40. P/O Wheatley was interred in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany

LW claims by Michael Balss
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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
26-Feb-2010 01:12 penguin832 Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
02-Dec-2010 07:21 Anon. Updated [Source]
25-Dec-2011 05:19 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
06-May-2012 15:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Nov-2012 17:13 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
17-Jun-2013 17:49 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport]
25-Feb-2020 13:38 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Feb-2020 13:40 TigerTimon Updated [Source]
25-Feb-2020 17:16 Xindel XL Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Embed code, Narrative, Operator]

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