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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 94300
Last updated: 27 September 2019
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Date:07-JAN-1949
Time:
Type:Hawker Tempest
Owner/operator:213 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (213 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: ?
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:N of Nirim -   Israel
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Fayid, Egypt
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Shot down by an Israeli Supermarine Spitfire LF.9 near Rafah, North Sinai, Egypt [at approximate co-ordinates 3117′19″N 3414′28″E] on the Egypt/Palestine Border.

The Pilot (Pilot Officer David Tattersfield of 213 Sqn) a young, inexperienced pilot who had only been on the unit a couple of weeks was killed. Tattersfield was probably concentrating on just maintaining formation and if he did see any Spitfires turning behind the formation. He had every reason to assume they were friendly. Turning in out of the sun, Israeli pilot Schroeder quickly got on the tail of the Tattersfield aircraft and opened fire. Tattersfield was probably killed instantly, as his aircraft was seen to turn over on its back almost immediately and dive vertically down to crash onto the desert floor and burst into flames

The wreckage of the Tempest flown by Tattersfield, which had ended up north of Nirim, four miles inside Israeli territory. The Israelis had buried Tattersfield near the wreckage and his body was removed and later reburied on January 11, 1949 in the British War Cemetery at Ramleh - at the service, in a gesture of reconciliation, six members of the IAF carried his coffin.

Sources:

1. http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_255.shtml
2. http://www.hawkertempest.se/index.php/contributions/stories/116-tempests-1947-1949-copyright-rufus-heald
3. http://www.spyflight.co.uk/iafvraf.htm
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafah,_Egypt


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jan-2015 20:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jan-2015 20:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Narrative]
24-Jan-2015 20:45 Anon. Updated [Location, Country, Narrative]
19-Apr-2015 19:19 AlLah Updated [Operator]
03-Jun-2015 17:14 Paco Updated [Registration, Operator]

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