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    Default Spitfire Mk 21 destroyed in collision with P-47, January 1945.

    Does anyone have the s/n of the Spitfire Mk 21 that collided in the air with a USAAF Thunderbolt (44-33258) on or about 18/1/45 ?

    The Spit. was probably from 126 Wing based at RAF Uetersen.

    The accident happened one mile NW of Brunsbuttelkoog in Germany.

    The pilot's name was Passenti. He baled out and survived. Does anyone have his rank and nationality ?

    TIA.
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    Hello,

    Wrong date !

    18-1-1946
    No.443 Sqn RCAF
    Spitfire LF.XVI TB915

    Jumped by Thunderbolts. Aircraft abandoned , crashed Belmhusom. Cat E.

    http://www.accident-report.com/world/europe/germany/ger46.html

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th January 2013 at 00:39.

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    already answered!
    Last edited by Ian M Macdonald; 14th January 2013 at 00:36. Reason: duplicated previous post

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    Thank you both for the quick responses.

    1945 was my typo. Sorry if misleading.

    Col, I could not locate Belmhusom on Google Maps.

    There is however, a locality called Behmhusen about five or six km to the north of Brunsbuttel, which I think could be the place.

    Thanks again.

    a15.
    Last edited by angelsonefive; 14th January 2013 at 03:38. Reason: spellin

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    I have tracked down the pilot of the Spitfire.

    He was Flt-Lt N.H. Rassenti ( not Passenti) RCAF.

    The diving P-47 tore one wing off the Spit. and set it afire.

    Rassenti escaped from this close encounter with death with no more than some cuts and bruises.

    http://www.mcmanus.ca/02CofC/443history_files/history1.htm

    Cheers,

    a15.

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