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    Default Spitfire crash 7 May 1942 - 457 Sqn

    Hello,

    According to 457 Sqn ORB, Sgt L.J. Hart 'crashed a Spitfire VB when coming in to land, the machine a total loss (stricken and replaced by damaged in the original text) but the pilot was unhurt. Sgt Hurt had landed down wind, the wind having suddenly changed in the short time he was in the air'. It was on 7 May 1942, time around 20.45. 457 was based at Redhill at the time.

    I'm unable to identify this Spitfire which seems to have been repaired.

    Does anyone have the serial?

    Thanks

    Phil

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    Default Re: Spitfire crash 7 May 1942 - 457 Sqn

    Phil,
    At 1800Z on 7 May 42 Redhill was a col area between 2 anticyclones. The 1800Z observations from the surrounding area will give an indication of the problems with the surface wind!!
    Kew NNE 13-18mph
    Croydon NNE 19-24mph
    Farnborough WNW 4-7mph
    Boscombe Down W by S 13-18mph
    Thorney Is WSW 13-18mph
    Lympne N by E 39-46mph
    Manston NE by N 19-24mph
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Default Re: Spitfire crash 7 May 1942 - 457 Sqn

    Hello,

    Possibly Spitfire Vb BM243 - 457 Sqn - FA AC 7-5-42, ros 122 Sqn 22-7-42

    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/_prodn%20list.txt

    https://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/BM243

    If so, pilot was AUS403219 Sgt Leslie John HART RAAF.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 16th September 2020 at 14:44.

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    Default Re: Spitfire crash 7 May 1942 - 457 Sqn

    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    Possibly Spitfire Vb BM243 - 457 Sqn - FA AC 7-5-42, ros 122 Sqn 22-7-42

    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/_prodn%20list.txt

    https://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/BM243

    If so, pilot was AUS403219 Sgt Leslie John HART RAAF.

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    Col,
    Thanks. That's of great help. Seems that BM243 is the only one that fits. That was one non-operational flight.
    Phil

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    Default Re: Spitfire crash 7 May 1942 - 457 Sqn

    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    Phil,
    At 1800Z on 7 May 42 Redhill was a col area between 2 anticyclones. The 1800Z observations from the surrounding area will give an indication of the problems with the surface wind!!
    Kew NNE 13-18mph
    Croydon NNE 19-24mph
    Farnborough WNW 4-7mph
    Boscombe Down W by S 13-18mph
    Thorney Is WSW 13-18mph
    Lympne N by E 39-46mph
    Manston NE by N 19-24mph
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    I imagine that it has also given some turbulences! Wind has always been the main danger for any pilot in flight in particular at ground level.

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