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    Default Spitfire NH-373 crashlanding

    Hello ,
    Who crashlanded Spitfire Mk IX NH-373 from N 66 sqdn near Kontch ( Belgium ) on November 25 1944 ?

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    Alain
    NH373 was flown on a weather recce in the Hilversum area by W/O Ian Douglas McLeod NZ42429. The time up/down are recorded as 1125 & 1225
    There is no mention in the ORB of a Crashlanding. It states that the mission was uneventful.
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    Thanks Andy

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    Hi Andy and Alain,

    Is any information available of the use of this Spitfire the days after November 25,1944 ?

    Is it possible that the damage (caused by fuelstarvation = ?) was only minor and that the plane was quickly repaired ?

    Best regards

    Luc

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    Hello Luc
    NH373 does not appear in the ORB for 66 Sqn after 25 November 44.
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    Hi Andy,

    Many thanks for your very fast reply...

    Could we presume that something happened with the plane that day ?

    Is the flyingtime (1 hour) realistic for the mission W/o McLeod had to complete ?
    Did the plane take off from Grimbergen ?

    Best regards

    Luc

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    Luc
    The duration of the op (1hr) is consistent with similar weather recces.
    66 Sqn were based at B.60 Grimbergen on 25 Nov 44.
    It is possible that NH373 was crashlanded later in the day on a Non Operational flight.
    This may not have been recorded in the ORB.
    The Form 1180's at the RAF Museum may hold the answer to this one.
    Andy

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