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Date:29-MAY-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:610 (County of Chester) Squadron Royal Air Force (610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1006
C/n / msn: 220
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel off Dunkirk, Pas de Calais, Hauts de FRance -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Gravesend, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Spitfire L1006 (c/no. 220) was built to contract 527113/36 by Vickers Armstrongs (Supermarine) Ltd at Woolston and first test flown on 6th June 1939. It was delivered to 10 MU at Kirkbride (ASU) on 12th June 1939 where it remained for four months until being issued to 610 (County of Chester) Squadron at RAF Hooton Park, Cheshire on 2nd October 1939. Aircraft was coded 'DW-R'

It later moved with the unit to Wittering on 10th October 1939. On 26th January 1940 the pilot of this aircraft force landed the aircraft in the region of ten miles from Driffield, North Yorkshire, after he became lost. The exact location is not known. The aircraft was repaired but may in fact have landed with the wheels down and have suffered very little damage, if any.

Cat.M/FA damage was recorded and it was repaired on site (and possibly flown out from where it landed). It returned to 610 (County of Chester) Squadron use and moved with the unit to Prestwick on an unspecified date in April 1940 and from there down to Biggin Hill on 10th May, thence to Gravesend on 26th May 1940.

Four days later, on 29th May 1940 it failed to return from shipping patrol over English Channel after it was shot down by Bf109's, and/or AA Fire ('Flak'). Written off/missing was recorded on the airframe. The pilot was Sergeant Pilot Peter Douglas Jenkins (RAF 740830, aged 20), who was never found, and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

According to reports, the pilot bailed out, wounded, and was presumed drowned. On this date it was one of four 610 (County of Chester) Squadron Spitfires lost on the same patrol, only the body of one pilot was ever found.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 5)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/670: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502253
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1802052/jenkins,-peter-douglas/
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/610_squadron.html#2905
5. http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p002.htm
6. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/l1006.html
7. http://610squadron.com/about.php?cmd=about_aircraft


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jan-2011 16:40 angels one five Added
06-Sep-2011 22:55 angels one five Updated [Operator]
25-Dec-2011 05:35 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location]
15-Jan-2012 14:13 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
22-Jan-2012 20:59 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
07-May-2012 08:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2012 14:14 Nepa Updated [Operator]
04-Nov-2012 20:06 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2013 04:13 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source]
01-Aug-2013 20:16 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
28-Aug-2019 22:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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