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    Default Identification of a Spitfire VIII Italy summer 1944

    Hello,

    I'm looking for the serial a Spitfire which crashed between Chiusi dell Verna and Bibbiena, North of Arezzo in Italy around July/August 1944, a Mk VIII. The pilot was killed in the crash.

    Any idea of what Spitfire it might be?

    Thanks

    Phil

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    Hello Phil,

    There were several Squadrons that used the Mk.VIII in the Middle East and Italy.
    Perhaps other members could assist.

    417 Sqn - JG272 - 3/7/44
    F/O. Robert William McLAREN - J/19717 - RCAF.
    I think that it was this airman and a/c you seek.

    AB's "JA100-JZ999" has 4/9/44 date for the loss and NFD.


    Also the CWGC have 270 airmen killed between 1st July and 31st August 1944 that are buried in Italy.


    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 18th May 2018 at 10:15.

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    Alex,

    I suggest you take a look here, (again?):

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...O-McLaren-RCAF

    Take particular note of the time of the posts of Simon and myself.

    A-B's RAF A/c JA100-JZ999 (1990), for Spitfire VIII JG272, states:

    417 - Lost 4.9.44; NFD, not as quoted by you.

    Col.

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    Thanks. I think I found what I was looking for.

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    Hello Col,

    Thank you (again) for highlighting my typo error.
    Also I not the date/time of the replies by yourself and Simon.
    So, who was the pilot of MT515. ?

    Alex
    ( my earlier post now edited ).
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 18th May 2018 at 10:38.

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    Hello Phil,
    What did you find ?
    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    Hello Phil,

    There were several Squadrons that used the Mk.VIII in the Middle East and Italy.
    Perhaps other members could assist.

    417 Sqn - JG272 - 3/7/44
    F/O. Robert William McLAREN - J/19717 - RCAF.
    I think that it was this airman and a/c you seek.

    [...]
    I've downloaded the ORB related, but coordinates don't match with the supposed location; the plane went down near Sansepolcro...

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