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AIR81/54Flying Officer D F B Sheen: injured in action; Spitfire L9959; 7 December 1939.C14142171
AIR81/55Flying Officer W E G Measures: injured; Spitfire K9932 engaged an enemy aircraft, 20 November 1939.C14142172
AIR81/92Flight Lieutenant A N Wilson: missing presumed dead; Spitfire K9810 failed to return from an operational flight, 21 February 1940.C14141914
AIR81/170Flying Officer C D Milne: prisoner of war; Spitfire N3071 failed to return from a photographic sortie, 25 April 1940.C14141971
AIR81/252Pilot Officer J D B McKenzie: report of death; Spitfire N3187 failed to return from an operational flight, 11 May 1940.C14142077

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Spitfire Spitfire

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantWalter Harold ALDERCOTTE (700797) Spitfire Spitfire  Archive Post 1945-01-04253 Sqdn AIR27 MaltaMalta Memorial
Flying OfficerEdward ARTUS (174779) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-04-058 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaCalcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemeter
Flight LieutenantRichard Joseph AUDET (J/20136) Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-03-03411 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
LieutenantDonovan John BEISIEGEL (542354V) Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1945-02-07145 Sqdn AIR27 ItalyCesena War Cemetery
Flying OfficerPurnendu CHUCKERBUTTY (1611) Spitfire Spitfire  RAFCDB 1945-01-258 Sqdn IAF AIR27 IndiaImphal Cremation Memorial
Flying OfficerStanley Gerald CROW (157063) Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-02-25273 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerJohn Edward HAMER (158751) Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1945-02-07145 Sqdn AIR27 ItalyCesena War Cemetery
Warrant OfficerPeter Joseph HEELEY (1239294) Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-02-25155 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerJohannes Godert Casper KOES (145139) Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-02-03322 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsBergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Ce
Flying OfficerEric Frank MITCHELL (182250) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-04-06131 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaRanchi War Cemetery
Flying OfficerJohn James NUNN (162323) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-02-08273 Sqdn AIR27 MyanmarTaukkyan War Cemetery
Warrant OfficerTrevor John PRICE (1338833) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1945-01-15273 Sqdn AIR27 MyanmarTaukkyan War Cemetery
Flight SergeantOndrej SAMBERGER (787806) Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1945-02-09312 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying Officer SUKUMAR KRISHNA MUKERJEE (2359) Spitfire Spitfire   1946-01-09 IndiaDelhi / Karachi 1939-1945 War
Flying OfficerDonald Graeme Lane TAYLOR (427048) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-02-10485 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsHaren General Cemetery
SergeantRonald Eric TUCKER (1601134) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1945-04-088 Sqdn RIAF AIR27 IndiaCalcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemeter
Flight LieutenantFrans Johan Hubert VAN EIJK (113894) Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1945-02-14322 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsGouda (Ijsselhof) General Ceme
Pilot OfficerAlois ZALESKY (185292) Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1945-02-09312 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
SergeantJames Enerton COOPER (745777) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1941-09-0991 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomLuton General Cemetery
Pilot OfficerAlbert George DAY (113960) Spitfire Spitfire  Forum Post 1941-12-12610 Sqn United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantFrederick Agnew Vance M. DRUMMOND (402000) Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1941-05-08111 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomDyce Old Churchyard
SergeantLloyd Duncan KIPPAN (R/79579) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  Forum Post  Ext Link 1941-12-1758 OTU United KingdomGrangemouth (Grandsable) Cemet
Squadron LeaderStanley Thomas MEARES (37683) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1941-11-1571 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
SergeantRoger Pierson OWEN (R/77460) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  Forum Post 1941-12-1852 OTU United KingdomMinchinhampton (Holy Trinity)
Pilot OfficerThomas Kenneth ROBINSON (404769) Spitfire Spitfire  Ext Link 1941-12-08 FranceBoulogne Eastern Cemetery
Pilot OfficerRoss Orden SCARBOROUGH (65976) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1941-11-1571 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
SergeantCharles John STUART (995855) Pilot Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO 1941-12-2474 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomPaisley (Woodside) Cemetery
SergeantCharles Leonard Alex THOMPSON (777899) Spitfire Spitfire  NA/PRO   1941-12-0872 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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Norman Franks, Beyond Courage, ASR by Walrus squadronsI have just picked up Franks' Beyond Courage seeking further information on an incident on 20 March 1943 during which Danish Luftwaffe pilot Poul Sommer shoots down a Spitfire protecting a Walrus rescuing Canadian P/O Miller of No 185 Squadron flying Spitfire (BR109) in the sea outside Cap Scaramia. The book has no mention of this incident. Would anyone be able to direct me to other sources on the incident. That is apart from Prien et al's book on II./JG27 quoted on my website: TIA, Mikkel Plannthin ....Read More.Mikkel Plannthin on 13th November 2007 06:04:44
29 March 1945 - Italian crash siteThe US 416th NFS lost a Mosquito in N. Italy on this date, I don't have a location though. Edit - So far as I can see, 237 Sqn was on Spitfires at the time. A couple of USAAF B-25s were also lost, though again I'm not the man to ask re: exactly where. USAAF activities that day are here: Database of losses with aircrew casualties is here: Sometimes a little more info is available here (use the tail number on the MACR): ....Read More.mhuxt on 14th November 2007 12:25:14
F/O O'Brien 414 SqdnF/O O'Brien Henry J S J/40218 414 Sqdn RCAF was killed on 29/11/1944 when he crashed his Spitfire MK-731.He is buried at the Hotton cemetery in Belgium. Does somebody knows were he crashed ? ....Read More.Alain on 14th November 2007 04:00:11
Malta Stations?Almost zero chance of that Dick. But I can certainly see why you have proposed that. My grandfather, F/Sgt W.R. Irwin (Spitfire pilot with 229 Sqdn at the time), was convicted of stealing in Oct/Nov 42 whilst on Malta and sentenced to 112 days imprisonment and reduced to the ranks (AC1 in this instance). On release in late March 43 he stole again and was subsequently sentenced to a further 6 months detention (ending in late July 43 after earning 2 months good behaviour). The posting to I/C/W/T Station occurs around 5 weeks into that last period of incarceration. Adrian ....Read More.AdrianR8 on 14th November 2007 06:10:29
Norman Franks, Beyond Courage, ASR by Walrus squadronsMikkal, There has been a long and detailed thread on this subject on this forum in 2004 initiated by Hugh Halliday (31-03-04). Hptm Paul Sommer is credited with Spitfire BR345 with F/O Bill Locke (RCAF, KIA). Spitfire BP869 with Sgt Ken Browne was also shot down. He ditched a few miles off Malta, but was picked up by a German DO-24 and became POW. Both Spitfires of 249 Squadron. Regards, Leendert Brugge/Belgium ....Read More.Leendert on 14th November 2007 08:41:38
How much for that Spitfire Mister?I think this topic has been aired before (probably several times), but I have been caught short again, and do not have some of the critical references available. Could anybody suggest the approximate full price of a Spitfire during WW2, also perhaps, for comparison purposes, a Lancaster? Just a "normal" run-of-the-mill factory standard example of each type in mid-war period when production was at full throttle - nothing fancy. I realise that probably every production batch would have a newly negotiated price, and that as new and better equipment was developed the type's equipment scale would change, but just to start the ball rolling I have an idea that a new wartime Spitfire would retail (just kidding) for something in the order of 25 - 30,000 pounds Sterling, with almost half of that for the engine alone. Any general breakdown of costs would be a bonus - say, engine (plural for Lancaster), propeller(s), wireless (radio) equipment, guns, instruments. I have also recently discovered (perhaps you already know) that if you wished to contribute money towards the "purchase" of a new Spitfire (or Hurricane, or Defiant) early in WW2 (1941) you could either order them one at a time for a nominal 5000 pounds, or you could order them by the squadron (18 aircraft I presume) for a total of 100,000 ponds, the catch being that the individually named aircraft were NOT replaced (named), whereas your squadron of fighters would be named in your honour for duration of the war. The example I was given (from RNZAF file originating with the NZ Liaison Officer at Kingsway) was a fictional No.190 (New Zealand) Squadron. I believe you could sponsor a Stirling at about this stage of the war for 20,000 pounds - no doubt the book of RAF "Gift" aircraft (which I do not have access to here and now) contains this sort of unformation. David D ....Read More.David Duxbury on 14th November 2007 09:30:00
29 March 1945 - Italian crash siteGreetings MHUXT, You are correct 237 was a Spitfire Sqn, I accidently turned two pages of my 'Fighter Squadrons of the RAF' and got the end of No 239 Sqn !! I also feel that it must have been Americans that crashed at that postition as only one British airman was killed on the 29th in Italy (CWGC) I received this info only yesterday Thanks indeed for your assistance, Digger. ....Read More.Arthur Arculus on 14th November 2007 11:23:58
How much for that Spitfire Mister?David, Yes, £5,000 for a presentation Spitfire. London Times 30 November 1940: "The Netherlands East Indies is making Mr. Winston Churchill, who is 66 to-day, a birthday present of seven Spitfires. In a telegram to Lord Beaverbrook, Minister for Aircraft Production, yesterday, the local Spitfire Fund organizers state:- To-morrow (Saturday) we are remitting to Mr. Churchill £35,000 as a birthday present for seven Spitfires. Please christen them Ceram, Batavia, Bandoeng, Merapi, Soebang, Toba, and O.A.B." "Soebang" (P8332), the last surviving presentation Spitfire, is currently on display at the Canadian War Musem. ....Read More.Ken MacLean on 15th November 2007 02:00:08
How much for that Spitfire Mister?THE COST OF A SPITFIRE In 1940 (includes a general breakdown or parts etc, but does not include the cost of actually training a pilot!) And the cost of US aircraft can be found: Somewhere I have a few more British aircraft that I'll try to find. ....Read More.Amrit on 15th November 2007 04:23:59
Spitfire GW-J 340 Squadron crash in BelgiumHi ! On the Soma website (see ) a photograph of a crashed Spitfire of 340 Free French Squadron can be found. The photograph was taken at Avelgem, Belgium. Who has more details about this crash ? Many thanks and best regards from Belgium Luc ....Read More.Luc Vervoort on 15th November 2007 01:59:51
How much for that Spitfire Mister?Everyone wanted to contribute. "By the sale of German leaflets recently dropped on South Wales, Lady Leighton Seger has raised more than £50 towards the cost of a Spitfire" "The gift of £5.00 from Aylesbury Gaol towards the cost of a Spitfire comes in part from the earnings of the women prisoners" ....Read More.Ken MacLean on 15th November 2007 05:35:43
How much for that Spitfire Mister?Gawd: "Cost" in this case, is akin to "profit", since it's an opinion. (Reaches for vial of morphine, only way I can deal with accounting.) Don't try to compare US/UK costs - the mechanics of the calculation on opposite sides of the Atlantic were completely different. (More morphine) Man-hours are a far more reliable indicator of the costs involved than MAP price books. Sebastian Ritchie has written a good book called "Air Industry and Air Power" which covers some of the economics involved. He states: "The first production Lancaster at A.V. Roe cost £22,000, but by 1944 the price had fallen to £15,500." He cites MAP price books as the source. Some other bomber prices, again citing MAP price books (and describing the dangers of same) are to be found in this document: Uh, so, which Spitfire you want? ....Read More.mhuxt on 15th November 2007 08:24:41
Spitfire GW-J 340 Squadron crash in BelgiumG'day, Interesting photo - Played around in photoshop and the enhanced picture is here: To my ageing eyes it looks much like PL42? - either 5,6 or 9 These don't match with published histories ?? maybe someone will see it differently Refards Bobby ....Read More.Bobby_Chipping on 16th November 2007 01:01:08
Service Recordhello, Can't help for the first one, but the second is 6316 Servicing Echelon. As shown by the number, it was "linked" to No. 316 Squadron, a Polish Spitfire Squadron. Hope this helps Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 16th November 2007 07:22:57
How much for that Spitfire Mister?For what it's worth, on 30 December 1938, 41 Squadron commenced re-equipping with the Spitfire when the first two Mark I, K Series, aircraft arrived: K9831 and K9832. Two further machines, K9833 and K9835, arrived on 3 January 1939, followed by K9836 and K9837 on 5 January, K9838 and K9839 on 11 January, K9840 on 13 January, K9842 and K9844 on 16 January, K9845 on 17 January, K9846 and K9847 on 22 January, K9848, K9849 and K9850 on 26 January, and finally K9843, K9855 and K9890 on 4 February, completing a full complement of 20 aircraft. The Squadron's first five aircraft, K9831-33 and K9835-36, cost the Air Ministry £8,738 each. The subsequent 15, numbered K9837-K9840, K9842-K9850, K9855 and K9890 cost £5,696 each. The squadron’s re-equipment with all 20 aircraft therefore cost the princely sum of £129,130. By way of (very rough) comparison, today an AIM-9 Sidewinder Air to Air missile costs about USD$84,000 (Ref., which is, for the sake of argument, about GBP£42,000. So today, for that money, you'd get a total of three Sidewinders! Cheers Steve ....Read More.Steve Brew on 18th November 2007 07:41:57
Spitfire Girls AtaHi All, I can`t recall who was asking about women in the ATA some time before the new board arrived, but trawling through Amazon for something completely different, I stumbled across this book which should be of interest: Regards. Dave. ....Read More.highgroundsman on 18th November 2007 02:11:20
F/O O'Brien 414 SqdnHi Alain, From "They shall grow not old": O'Brien, James Stuart F/O (P) J40218. From Outremont, Quebec. KIA Nov. 28/44 age 21. Nr 414 Sarnia Imperials Squadron. F/O O'Brien was killed when his Spitfire aircraft MK731 was hit by flak during a tactical photo reconnaissance of the Duren area of Germany. Flying Officer Pilot O'Brien is buried in teh War Cemetery Hotton, 'Luxembourg'???, Belgium. Hope this helps a bit. Groetjes Jempy ....Read More.Jempy on 19th November 2007 01:44:54
1st July 1941.Nick, It appears that on July 1st, 1941 No 616 Squadron had a target support mission for 12 Blenheims on an early evening raid on a power station in Choques, N. France (Circus 28). The Northolt, Hornchurch, Tangmere and Kenley wings were all involved in escort duties for these Blenheims. On 6th July, 1941 11 Spitfires of No 616 Squadron were part of Target Support Wing B for Circus 35, a raid of some Stirling bombers to Lille, France from 13.30-15.20 hrs. It was on this occasion that Sgt McCairns became POW when his Spitfire P8500 crashlanded on the beach near Dunkirk. Regards, Leendert ....Read More.Leendert on 20th November 2007 07:03:42
Individual letters PDU and PRU Spitfires and HudsonDear all, I'm looking for individual letters of the next PDU and PRU Spitfires and Hudson: PDU N3116 P9307 P9308 P9313 P9382 P9385 P9394 PRU K9787 L1055 P9310 P9384 P9550 P9551 R6598 R6804 R6894 R6898 R6902 R6903 X4493 Hudson N7301 After having consulted various sources it appears to me however, that no individual letters were used? Hope somebody can shed a light on this. Thanks in advance and best regards, Hans Nauta ....Read More.Hans Nauta on 20th November 2007 07:06:50
Beaufort L9891 crash 23/07/41 local history contact wantedRoss thanks another Spitfire fate nailed down Pilot Lieutenant (A) Michael Thorpe R.N Killed Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 20th November 2007 08:38:47
Individual letters PDU and PRU Spitfires and HudsonHi Hans Eyes of the RAF by Roy Conyers Nesbit seems to confirm what Andy says with 2 photos, N3117(next serial to one on your list) and P9385 both just showing LY with no individual letter. A later Photo shows a Spitfire PR XI, PR?838 with just a 4 behind the starboard roundel on the fuselage. Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 20th November 2007 09:31:33
Individual letters PDU and PRU Spitfires and HudsonHello Andy and Dick, Thanks for you quick reactions. Your answers were just as I feared a bit. Well, over to 3 PRU Spitfires, involved in PR sorties over NW Holland. X4383 X4385 LY-B X4386 X4493 X4494 X4712 X9315 Only one individual letter known of X4385. Does that mean that the other Spits wore individual letters as well? Best regards, Hans Nauta ....Read More.Hans Nauta on 20th November 2007 10:56:54
Individual letters PDU and PRU Spitfires and HudsonHi Hans Iv'e just looked in Edward Leaf's "Above all Unseen" and the results tend toward no individual letters and sometimes no Sqn code either. Hudson N7317 is not marked neither are Spitfires N3071 and ,from your first list, R6903. There is a Mosquito W4051 which carries LY-U!!! and another W4060 which is unmarked. The full Sqn coding seems to be the minority with most of those shown having nothing at all, but it is only a small number of photos in 2 books so there is hope for you yet!! Eegards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 20th November 2007 02:43:34
1st July 1941.Hello again The ORB of 616, as I said, is not very comprehensive. And the microfilm in Kew is a poor quality one, but this is probably due to the original one being bad. The form 540 for 30th June 1941 says : Local flying practice and Lt Montgomery did some air to sea firing. One patrol and one sweep carried out. In the latter, Sgt McCairns was shot at, explosive bullets entering his cockpit, but he managed to land safely and uninjured at base. […]. On the Form 541 : W/C Bader and eleven aircraft – Wing patrol over northern Franc – 1747 1950 – nothing of interest to record (sic) So you have your answer, McCairns did fly on 30th June 1941 as in the same mission as your father. There are files in Kew which would give the exact organisation of the raid and of the escort, and the job carried out by 616 Sqn and Tangmere Wing (Target Support Wing, close escort Wing, withdrawal support wing, etc...). I just can't remember the reference at the moment. No serial number of the damaged Spitfire, but perhaps a forumite might provide it. And I'm even more interested in Westhampnett station ORB, as it may hold details about this damaged Spitfire, who knows... For the 1st July 1941, I concur with Leendert's information, 616 Squadron flew again over northern France, not escort to the Low countries. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 20th November 2007 05:13:12
Ian Smith's WW2 career in RAF/SRAF - info requestThe Times has just published his obit. It states that : "in 1941, he joined the RAF Empire Air Training Scheme at Guinea Fowl in central Rhodesia. He was posted to 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron in the Middle East, flying Hawker Hurricanes. Taking off from Alexandria on a dawn patrol in 1943, his throttle malfunctioned, he lost height and clipped the barrel of a Bofors gun. He crashed and rammed his face against the Hurricane’s gunsight. He suffered severe facial injuries, broke his jaw, a leg and a shoulder, and buckled his back. Surgeons at the 15th Scottish Hospital in Cairo reconstructed his face and, after only five months, he rejoined his squadron in Corsica. He realised his dream to fly Spitfire Mark IXs, carrying out strafing raids and escorting American bombers. In mid-1944 Captain Smith was leading a raid on a train of fuel tankers in the Po Valley when he made the mistake of going back for a second run. The Spitfire was hit by an anti-aircraft shell, caught fire and he baled out. He was soon picked up by the partisans. The five months he spent with them near Sasello, learning Italian, reading Shakespeare and working as a peasant, he regarded as one of the best times of his life. Near the end of the war, he and three other Allied fugitives made their way through occupied Italy to the Maritime Alps. At one point the conspicuously tall, fair-haired Rhodesian strode unhindered through a German checkpoint. He led his tiny group over the mountains, walking barefoot on ice, until they reached an American patrol on the other side. " ....Read More.Amrit on 20th November 2007 07:30:51

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