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    Default Spitfire K9963 603S

    This a/c is listed in The History, Aeromilitaria and The K File as being lost on 5/10/40, crashing at Bilsington, Kent. Name of the pilot is not given.

    However, this incident does not appear in the 'usual' other places.

    FCWD reports only one 603S loss, presumable it refers to K9807/Morton.
    BoBT&N as above.
    BoB (Mason) as above except that it records loss of Hurricane K9807 sic.
    The Greatest Squadron of Them All records its loss in Appendix 16, but it is not mentioned in the daily diary section.


    Can anyone shine any light on this please.

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    Hello Dave,

    Alas, I cannot enlighten you with positive information regarding this case, only negative. If the Mason you mention is the same Mason as in 'Francis K. Mason', it's another example of the unreliability of the data in the works of the man.

    His booklet 'The Westland Lysander' (Profile Publications, circa 1966) has misled me in many ways - as I noticed when I worked on the Lysander Squadrons pages on http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/index.html

    Regards,

    Bart

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    I have an unrecorded and undated note for this aircraft

    Crash landed Church Fenton: P/O CHARRETT

    Which with such an un-usual name has to be:

    Arthur Whitelaw CHARRETT (40364)

    He was promoted to F/O from P/O on 25th July 1940 so this 'incident' could have happenned before then.. Was he on 603 Sqn at the time??? or 602 Sqn or 611 Sqn
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    Does anyone have any reference to Charrett or a loss on this date or incident around this date in

    "Greatest Squadron of them All" Ross/Blanche/Simpson

    As this aircraft was supposed to be with 603 Sqn at the time

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    Default Re: Spitfire K9963 603S

    Paul,

    A tad late and I am only nibbling at the edges of the problematic 603 Sqn. losses during October 1940 !

    However for Charrett I have the following.
    P/O A.W. Charrett was with 602 Squadron until 6 September 1939 when by order of 13 Group he was detached for duties as a flying instructor to No. 6 F.T.S. at Little Rissington. From the 602 Sqn. ORB (AIR 27/2073).
    He did indeed have an accident in K9963 on 5 June 1939 during a cross-country practice flight from Abbotsinch to Church Fenton. When landing at the latter airfield he stalled and dropped heavily onto the surface. At this time he had only two hours flying time in a Spitfire. From the F.1180 accident report card for this incident. The unlucky man had another accident on 8 July 1939, this time in K9966.

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    Martin.

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    Martin thanks Trying to sort out 603 losses Oct 1940 on this site and TOCH

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