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    I'm searching for any information ( Sq,pilot,serial,date of crash) for Spitfire coded J-GW, crash landed near Avelgem,Belgium, after september 3 1944.
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    Phil
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    Hello,

    The Squadron is the easiest thing to find once you have its code : GW were the code letters of No. 340 Squadron aka "Ile de France". A masterpiece was published last year about this Free French Squadron, by Frédéric Bruyelle.

    One appendice is about the Spitfires used by the Squadron. There were obviously several GW-J over the time. In the main text of the book, page 201, Frédéric explains that on 13th September 1944, at 03:00 Pm, 340 Squadron takes off for a combined mission with 329 Sqn. Flak hits Yves LELCHAT's Spitfire in the engine (PT947 GW-J). With a glycol leak, the pilot leaves the area and managed to make a successful forced-landing behind the German lines, at Avelgem. LELCHAT is immediatly taken in charge by Belgian resistance members who make him cross the lines, and he gets back to his unit.

    I presume you have a picture of that Spitfire ?

    Joss

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    Hi Joss and Phil,

    A photograph can be found on the Cegesoma website :

    http://pallas.cegesoma.be/pallas/servlet/gisc?vn=13000

    Best regards

    Luc

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    Thanks to both of you.
    Merci à vous deux

    Phil
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