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    Default Spitfire crash, Turnhouse, 6 October 1939

    P/O G C Hunter was seriously injured in the crash of a Spitifre just outside the SW boundary of Turnhouse airfield, Edinburgh, on 6 October 1939, does anyone know the identity of the a/c please (probably 603 Sqn)?

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    Hi Keith

    Spitfire L1023

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    Keith,

    Might not be the same aircraft but L1023, of No.603, is recorded as written off after stalling on finals at Turnhouse on the 7th October 1939.
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    'The Greatest Squadron of Them All' notes: "At 11.30 hours on 7 October P/O Graham C Hunter crashed in Spitfire L1023 and was seriously injured. He has been approaching Turnhouse in hazy conditions when his aircraft stalled and crashed on the edge of the airfield. Hunter was admitted to the military hospital situated within the walls of Edinburgh Castle (today the hospital is home to The National War Museum of Scotland). He was discharged on 4 November and after a period of sick leave returned to 603. During the coming months he underwent remedial surgery and went before countless medical boards in an attempt to regain his A1 flying category."

    I assume the date is a typo in the book.

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    Thanks to all; Morgan & Shacklady say 7 October 1939, total wreck.
    Keith

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