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Date of Crash: 15 Jan 45 Aircraft Type: Spitfire VIII Serial Number:  Unit: 152 Sqdn
Pilot details: Fg Offr D H FrancisSource: ORB
Details: One of the last three Spitfires to leave was an RSU aircraft piloted by Fg offr Francis. About twenty miles south of Kan he was seen to drop out of formation and start gliding towards the ground. The other aircraft led by the CO endeavoured to make RT Contact without success. The engine of this machine had cut and to thoe others circling above the position seemed serious as FG Francis was descending over thick forest. Just as the aircraft was brushing the tree tops, FO Francis saw a small clearing and with great skilla nd coolnesss managed to slip the aircraft to the ground at this spot. He sustained a slight head wound but was not unconcious. Major Hoffe passed on the position of crash soon after the army started search operations and at night he was located and returned to Tamu

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