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    Default Spitfire I K9857 No.19 Squadron 20th May 1940 belly landing

    Again always check your sources....

    From McKinstry "Portrait of a Legend Spitfire, quoting Quill Birth of a Legend"

    "Empire Air Day a "Hendon", one pilot from 19 Sqn Sgt J A Potter, completely forgot to lower his undercarriage and did a belly landing in front of a crowd of thousands. His furious commander fined him 5"

    This is John Alfred Potter 580179 and the Spitfire was K9857 however all other sources ay this happened at "Duxford"

    I suspect the latter is right

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    Paul.

    No.19 Sqn Spitfire Ia K9857, made a wheels up landing at Duxford on 20-5-1939; the last peacetime Empire Air Day.

    Col.

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    Col

    Thanks

    I also have had a PM from someone else confirming this (thanks to them as well)

    Paul

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    Hello

    Furthermore, casualty pack AIR 81/753 in Kew is about Sgt John Alfred Potter who came down near Dunkirk on 1st June 1940 but who returned to his unit.

    Joss

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