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    Default 65 Sqdn Spitfire incidents in 1941

    Can anybody help with the I/D of a landing accidents at North Coates involving 65 Sqdn Spitfires on the following dates
    9th July 1941
    19th August 1941
    28th October 1941
    Confirmation of the serial number of YT-J for October 1942. I have either P7399 or P7307.
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    Cannot help with the landing accidents, sorry, but with regard to Spitfire s/nos P7307 and P7399:

    P7307 crashed as the result of a mid-air collision on 17/3/42, while with 61 OTU, and was written off.

    P7399. There does not appear to have been a Spitfire with this serial. There seems to be a break in the Spit. serials between P7389 and P7420.

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    Thanks, Its this sort of info I am looking for

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    Here's a possibility but not at North Coates.

    19.8.41 P7530 IIa 65 Sqn Kirton-in-Lindsey 1715 hrs. Cat C. Taxied into dispersal pen. Sheer carelessness pilot grounded. Does not understand English. Sgt Mrtvy 78787.

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    Ian,

    Re: 19-8-1941 - Spitfire IIa P7530. That would be 787187 Sgt Amost MRTVY (Czech). The then, W/O MRTVY, was lost on 19-4-1944 in No.313 Sqn Spitfire IX MJ558, on an escort to B-26s, reportedly in combat with JG26. FCL3/27, states that he is buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium.

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    Thanks Guys.
    I had considered P7530 but the North Coates ORB specifically states a landing accident as opposed to taxiing into a dispersal. I can only assume 65 sqdn had two incidents that day

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    Hello Col,

    Thanks for the additional detail + correction to his service No that I have now noted.

    Regards, Ian

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    Ian,

    Further to Sgt MRTVY. His forename was ARNOST, not AMOST - sorry!

    Gifts of War/Sturtivant & Boot/218, mentions the following:

    MARY P.LYLE, LUCK

    Another Mk.IIa, P8165 was taken on charge at No.6 MU, Brize Norton on 16 March, 1941, then issued on the 30th to No.65 Sqn at Kirton-in-Lindsey. On 17th August, Sgt A Mrtyv [sic] (Czechoslovak), undershot landing at North Coates Fitties, and hit a ridge on the boundary tearing the undercarriage legs off on returning from an operational flight. The aircraft was declared Category C and sent to Westland at Ilchester on 27th to be ready for collecting on 4 October.

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    THanks Col
    I was aware of this particular incident, THanks anyway

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    Hello Col,

    Thanks for the correction + additional detail, looks like August was not a good month for our Sgt Mrtvy !

    Regards, Ian

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