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Spitfire LFVIII LV748 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Spitfire LFVIII LV748



LFVIII EA M66 9MU 23.....[TRUNCATED] More information in: AirHistory.org.uk Spitfire Site

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  11 Feb 45 Aircraft Name  Spitfire VIII Serial Number  LV748
Unit  152 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Kan Country  Burma
Aircrew details Lt St L G Potgieter SAAF* (207356V)
Details FTR rhubarb he was shot down on a sortie on the 11th of February 1945. There was two Spitfires in the sortie, strafing Japanese transport. Both aircraft were hit and were on fire. The second pilot was able to get out and successfully parachute, his parachute was on fire at the time but lasted long enough to complete the jump. Potieter's Spitfire was a MK VIII. His body was recovered. "Before the end of Febuary we lost another pilot, Lt Pottinger, SAAF. Potty never returned from a 4 Section rhubarb. There had been no Jap air or ground opposition or any r/t calls from him. He just vanished and Gary Kerr was very annoyed when Group vetoed his plan to send up a section to try and find out what had happened. Potty, might have force-landed in some flat paddy fields. " [ORB} Lt Potgieter called up stating he had hit a tree while straffing. He was given a course to steer for friendly territory but nothing was heard from him.
Source http://www.152hydera


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