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Spitfire Ia R6981 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Spitfire Ia R6981

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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
AIR81/1419Pilot Officer A C Deere: injured; Spitfire R6981 in air operations, 15 August 1940.C14503004

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Spitfire L1093 54 SquadronHello 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). Page 46. "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'. Page 48/50. "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. Page 61. 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

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