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    Default 65 Sqn Spitfire 15 February 1943

    A Drem-based 65 sqn Spitfire is recorded as having crashed in the Lammermuir Hills, 7 miles SW of Dunbar, East Lothian, on ?15 February 1943, killing P/O B O Bodska. I can trace no further details of P/O Bodska (who sounds Czech or Polish) or the identity of his aircraft. Can anyone help please?

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    Hello Keith,

    Not found detail for Feb 15 but one from earlier in year - January 16, 1943 perhaps linked ?

    AR403 Vb 65 Sqn Hedderlie House, Westruther, 6 miles north east of Lauder, Berwickshire 1540 hrs or 1630 hrs. Cat E. Aerobatics. Apparently dived vertically out of cloud into ground and caught fire. Sgt M E E Roberston 413480 (NZ). age 20 buried Glasgow.

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    Default 65 Sqn Spitfire 15 February 1943

    Thanks Ian. I had details of AR403, the location of which, at Westruther, is about 10 miles further SW than the location mentioned in my source (AIR 29/696, 60 & 132 OTU, East Fortune), which is 7 mls SW of Dunbar - somewhere about Spartleton Edge. I also have a different name from that source (Bodska), so I think this is a different loss to AR403.

    BTW I have a note that though Sgt Robertson was buried at Craigton Cemetery, Glasgow, human remains were found at the Westruther site in July 2012, which resulted in involvement of the Procurator Fiscal and an anthropologist. I don't have a further note of the outcome.

    Keith

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    Hi Keith,

    The following crashed at Spartleton Edge:

    28.08.42
    Supermarine Spitfire V BM647 453 Sqn Drem
    416219 Sgt David Hayward Steele RAAF pilot (K)

    Not your aircraft. By the way I was at the dig at Westruther, the story appeared in the December issue of Britain At War magazine.

    Jim
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    Hello,

    The service number of Sgt David Hayward STEELE RAAF, was AUS416291, not 416219.

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    Sorry Col that was a typo by me which is actually on my notes but not on the accident report. Thanks for pointing it out.

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    Default 65 Sqn Spitfire 15 February 1943

    Thanks Jim - had BM647 as 5.5 mls SE Garvald (i.e. Spartleton Edge).
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    Hi Keith,
    Agree with Jim, BM647 dived in vertically and exploded behind Johnscleugh Farm,Spartleton Edge. Sgt D.H Steele RAAF.

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    Thanks.
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    Hi Keith,

    I have a note in my records of an unidentified crash at a farm called Mayshiel about 2m SW of Johnscleugh. Never been able to tie this one down but it is in your area. Note mentions that the pilot was a one-legged Frenchman, info comes from local enquiries in the area in the early 1990's whilst I was investigating the Beaufighter crash on Wester Dod.

    Could be your aircraft, I have always disregarded the one-legged Frenchman claim until I could identify the aircraft and pilot. This may be your aircraft.

    Jim
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