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Spitfire P7904

Spitfire P7904
Author: Mike Murphy (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:27:26 Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Post:
Hello to all -

Requesting help in solving a bit of a puzzle.

There is a photo of a crash landed Spitfire, code PJ-N that is identified as operating with 130 Sqn. with the serial P7904.

http://b4.ezboard.com/fluftwaffeexperten71774frm59.showMessageRange?topicID=45.topic&start=1&stop=20

However, the 152Hyderabad website lists P7904 as operating with 152 Sqn.

A citizen of the Netherlands has sent an Email indicating that PJ-N could not be P7904 as a Spitfire with that serial is known to have crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast.

Could someone please provide the correct code and Squadron for Spitfire P7904 and the correct serial for Spitfire PJ-N?

Thanks very much in advance for your help. My Email is mikermurphy.A T.aol.com. I would also appreciate receiving scanned photos of captured Spitfires not already posted on the Luftwaffe Experten Message Board.

Mike


RE: Spitfire P7904
Author: Hans Nauta (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:46:44 Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Post:
Hi again Mike,

I suggest I'll follow this thread. For the record:

P7904 was shot down on 21th august 1943 at 09.20 hrs local time by Flak and crashed into the sea near the harbour of IJmuiden, The Netherlands. P/O Henry Webster Pickstone 67064 RAF VR was slighlty wounded and picked up by Flugsicherungsboot 308, which sailed off at 09.50 hrs from IJmuiden.

Thanks for your prompt effort.,

Hans Nauta


RE: Spitfire P7904
Author: David pickstone (Guest)
Time Stamp:
03:05:30 Thursday, September 30, 2004
Post:
Henry was my dad.

I have pictures of his plane but he didn't talk much about the mission he was shot down on.

Do you have any details of what went on?

Thanks



RE: Spitfire P7904
Author: Hans Nauta (Guest)
Time Stamp:
08:47:16 Saturday, January 10, 2004
Post:
Hello David,

What a coincidence! I've some more info regarding this mission. Could you contact me off-board?

hnautaATquicknet.nl

Please replace AT with .A T..

Kind regards,

Hans Nauta



RE: Spitfire P7904
Author: allanoftruro
Time Stamp:
16:32:58 Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Post:
Hello Hans - would it be possible for you to let us all know the additional information that you have ? Kind regards - Allan


RE: Spitfire P7904
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:00:07 Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Post:
Hi Hans and Mike

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IIa s/n P7904 did indeed serve with No. 152 'Hyderbad' (F) Squadron. It was taken on strength with the squadron on the 5th of March 1941. It was transferred to No. 130 (F) Squadron on the 26th of July 1941. The aircraft failed to return from ops on the 21st of August 1941 after an encounter over Ijmuiden, Netherlands. The aircraft only had 32 flying hours on it when lost. That was hardly enough hours to break it in!!!

Hans, I think you might have just made a typing error on the year you mentioned (1943). As of that date, No. 130 'Punjab' (F) Squadron was flying the Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb from R.A.F. Station West Malling at Maidstone, Kent.

Squadron Codes

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No. 152 'Hyderbad' (F) Squadron - 'UM' was used from the 2nd of October 1939 until the squadron disbanded on the 10th of March 1946

No. 130 'Punjab' (F) Squadron - 'PJ' was used from the 16th of June 1941 until the squadron disbanded on the 13th of February 1944.

Cheers...Chris


RE: Spitfire P7904
Author: Hqns Nauta (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:27:10 Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Post:
Hi Chris,

Yep, a typo. Thanks for the correction and other details.

Regards,

Hans Nauta


RE: Spitfire P7904
Author: Mike Murphy (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:55:49 Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Post:
Hello Chris and Hans -

Thanks very much for the informative responses ;-). The only question left to answer so that the LEMB thread can be corrected is the Serial for Spitfire PJ-N of 130 Sqn. Does anyone happen to have a reference with this information?

Hans, thanks very much for bringing this issue up; we will definitely correct LEMB and the listing on the Beuteflugzeug site for PJ-N once the correct serial is known.

Mike