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Spitfire Ia R6981
Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
|Date of Crash || 15 Aug 40 ||Aircraft Name || Spitfire I ||Serial Number || R6981 |
|Unit || 54 Sqdn ||Operating Airfield || ||Country || UK|
|Aircrew details || |
|Source|| Henk Welting's Database|
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|Citation ||AIR81 Casualty File Description ||Link |
|AIR81/1419||Pilot Officer A C Deere: injured; Spitfire R6981 in air operations, 15 August 1940.||C14503004|
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|Spitfire L1093 54 Squadron||Hello Errol,
Thank you for the correction, I only quoted from the Aces high book, I just wonder if the term Technical College was in vogue pre WW2 ?
As for Deere's aircraft.
From "Nine Lives" my old copy(1959).
"On Wednesday 16th May one of twelve and piloting "Kiwi 1" as I had named my Spitfire uneventful sortie".
Could have been Deere's first op after nameing N3180 'Kiwi'.
"May 23rd...Rescue of 74 Sqn CO...Deere as Red 1".
'Red 1' was N3180, "KL-B",'Kiwi'. Johnny Allen flew in P9389, "KL-A", and Leathart in Master N7681.
A/c crashed and burned on beach, '29th May'.
"By now my Spitfire was engulfed in flame, and turning to take one last look at it I could just make out the outlines of my "Kiwi" emblem on the side near the cockpit. "That ends" I thought to myself, "the life of 'Kiwi' number one".
So Deere's first 'Kiwi' Spitfire was the one he forcelanded on the beaches of 'Dunkirk'. That was N3180, "KL-B". [we now know date to have been 28th May].
Dr Price has in the Osprey Spitfire I/II Aces on page 92.
" 'KL-B' N3183, Kiwi. Deere shot down a Bf109E on 24th and a Bf110 on the 25th May.The a/c was shot down by II/JG51 on 9/7/40, P/O A. Evershed being killed. Two other pilots of 54 were lost in this action a second pilot being killed and Deere being slightly burnt when he force landed P9398 near Manston."
[P9398 was repaired to be later shot down on 31/7/40 over Folkston Harbour Sgt. Eley KIA].
Aces High has-
23/5/40 2 Bf109E's - N3180
23/5/40 1 Bf109 - N3180
24/5/40 1 Bf109E - N3183
25/5/40 1 Bf110 - (?)
26/5/40 2 Bf110 - N3180
27/5/40 1 Ju88 - N3180
27/5/40 1/3 Ju88 - N3180
28/5/40 1/2 Do17 dam - (N3180 FTR )
17/6/40 1/2 Ju88 uncon - P9390
9/7/40 1 Bf109E - P9383
9/7/40 1 Bf109 uncon - P9383 (collision with Bf109, a/c repaired by chance cr in collision on 9/7/41 with 53OTU)
24/7/40 1 Bf109 - R6895
Deere later baled from
R6981 on the 15/8/40
Baled again from R6832 on 28/8/40
Was bombed on T/O in R6895 on the 31/8/40
While he was with 602 Sqn S/D a Hurricane (Z2986 North of Dunkirk) of 242 Sqn on the 1/8/41. Sgt. M.G.A. Chase-Casgrain RCAF KIA(KNG).
All for now
Alex ....Read More.||Alex Smart on 1st November 2008 01:01:43|