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Spitfire MD373 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Spitfire MD373

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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  10 Aug 44 Aircraft Name  Spitfire VIII Serial Number  MD373
Unit  615 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Deragoan Country  India
Aircrew details WO Alan Lancaster CHAPPELL* (413737)
Details During the day 16 Spitfire VIIIs of 615 Squadron took off to fly from Deragon to Baigachi, which is located in the Sunderbans area to the east of Calcutta. En Route the formation flew into a violent monsoon storm during which eight aircraft were lost and four of the pilots killed, including the commanding officer, Sqdn Ldr D.W. McCormack, DFC & Bar and Flg Off W.S. Bond, RCAF, Plt Off M. Pain, RAAF, and Wt Off A.L. Chappell, RAAF. Flt Sgt Watson managed to crash land, but the three others survivors all baled out, and all injured their legs on hitting the ground. The stricken squadron was at once rendered non-operational.
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Lost Spitfire squadron - India 1945?Brian, Casualty List 10-8-1944 No.615 sqn. Lost: AUS400232 S/L David William McCORMACK RAAF DFC & Bar (later MiD) Spitfire VIII LV742 J/17190 F/O Wilfred Sidney BOND RCAF AUS420253 F/O Malcolm Turner Wellesley PAIN RAAF Spitfire VIII MD292 AUS413737 W/O Alan Lancaster CHAPPELL RAAF Spitfire VIII MD373 Baled Out: F/O COSTAIN RAF (Broken leg) F/O ARMSTRONG RCAF (Dislocated knee cap) NZ411980 F P FAHY RNZAF (Twisted knee) Force Landed: F/O WATSON RAF (Unhurt) Eight other aircraft and pilots landed safely. One of whom was: AUS414244 W/O Roy Sidney Meyers LAYFIELD RAAF - OK. Another was: AUS404563 F/Lt Kevin Francis GANNON RAAF - OK. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 30th August 2010 07:27:26

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