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Spitfire Ia R6800
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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
|Date of Crash || 17 Oct 40 ||Aircraft Name || Spitfire I ||Serial Number || R6800 |
|Unit || 66 Sqdn ||Operating Airfield || ||Country || UK|
|Aircrew details || |
|Source|| Henk Welting's Database|
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|BoB US Pilot P/O Hugh W Reilley 66 Sqdn||The above was the Title of a Post made on this site by Ian Le Sueur in 2001 which read as follows:-
"BoB US Pilot P/O Hugh W Reilley 66 Sqdn
[B]Author:[/B] Ian Le Sueur (Guest)
22:05:19 12 July 2001
Looking for more information on HUGH WILLIAM REILLEY Pilot Officer 43043 66 Sqdn., RAF who died on Thursday, 17th October 1940. He was from London Ontario Canada though born in Detroit, Michigan U.S.A. Father American Mother Scottish One of only three Americans who died in the Battle of Britain He was shot down in Spitfire 1 R6800 by Werner Molders of JG51 This Spitfire crashed and burned out at Crockham Hall, Sevenoaks. He is buried at Gravesend Cemetery, Kent
Especially interest in full details for Spitfire 1 R6800 for an American researcher."
I realize this is several years ago but I felt it necessary to try and make sure where this sort of inaccuracy
appears to point this matter out .
It is most unfortunate that the information provided by Ian Le Sueur about my father is woefully wrong in two major aspects; firstly he was not an American but a Canadian, and secondly he was not born in America, but in London, Ontario, Canada (I have his Birth Certificate). Although his father was indeed an American, Hugh never gave an oath of allegiance to the US and so never retained any American nationality after he left the USA.
If the correct details regarding my father are required, please refer to the Memoriam which I wrote for him:- "http://hughwreilley.blogspot.co.uk" or reply to me via this entry.
Also of note is that the Spitfire (R6800) he flew was a Model 1[U]A[/U].
As the reader will see from my Memoriam, I have spent many years trying to correct this poorly researched information being used by several Authors on the Battle of Britain and I will continue to try and correct as many of these as I can when I find them even if some of them refuse to change their published work.
I would be most grateful if the Moderators would pass this information onto Ian Le Sueur.
C.H.A.Reilley ....Read More.||lockhands on 24th August 2014 05:13:49|