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Spitfire VIII JG322 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Spitfire VIII JG322

LFVIII 4995 KEA M66 .....[TRUNCATED] More information in: Spitfire Site

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  03 Apr 45 Aircraft Name  Spitfire VIII Serial Number  JG322
Unit  273 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Kyaukpyu Country  Burma
Aircrew details Flt Lt Everett Embert ETTINGER*(J21148)
Details Crashed during ground-attack mission nr Taungup .[ORB]. Three sections carriedout offenisve recces of Taungup. During one of these recces, FL E Ettinger fialed to return. it is thought that his aircraft was mortally damaged by al and mine. Flt Lt Ettinger was seen to crash in a deep gully but there was no fire. Pilot is presumed killed. [F541] Two ac formation from 14.55-16.25. Flt Lt H P Bruce leading. The second section reached the Irrawady a few miles south of Prome and sunk one and dtamged two 60ft rivercraft. They then flew back on the road and Flt Lt Ettinger aked permission to straffe a row of petrol durms at the edge of the road, he dived rather low and Flt Lt Bruce suddenly saw a cloud of dust beneath Ettingers machine - saw the aircraft flip over on its back and dive over a 40ft hillock down into a deep gully where it dissappeared from view. There were no sign of the aircraft being on fire. Flt lt Burce orbitted for 40 minutes and then returned to base. Flt lt Etitingers loss is atr5biuted to ap robably landmine operated by and from the vicinity fo the deocpy. int his case the obvious rows of oil drumps. ti is emphaisesd that Flt Lt Ettinger was diving too low for safety from ground fire. a further recce net day failed to reveal any traces of the accident.
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