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    Hi guys

    I've read on a website that Defiant N3378, which crashed in the Peak District at Bleaklow on 29 August 1941, may have been attacked by a Spitfire from 'the Durham area'.

    Can anyone throw any light on this incident?

    Cheers
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    Hi Brian according to Air Britain RAF serials N3378 flew into hill in cloud on ferry flight near Glossop, Derbyshie, 29.8.41

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    Brian,
    Wreckage and crew foud one month later.
    Crew: P/O (Pilot) James CRAIG - 45843 and AC1 (Ag) George D. HEMPSTEAD -1103778.
    Via internet:
    Statement from a fireman: "They were seated by the fuselage and had survived the crash. The pilot had obviously tried to help George but both perished in the hills".

    Bullet holes were discovered in the plane, which is now housed in a museum in Wolverhampton. Although it is not certain that friendly fire brought the plane down, what is certain that the plane was not supposed to be flying over the North West at all.

    Don't know whether this website is still available:
    http://www2.thny.bbc.co.uk/insideout/prog_01/index.shtml

    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Thanks Henk and Pavel

    Does anyone know which Spitfire squadrons were based 'in the Durham area' at the time?

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Hi Brian,

    Ron Collier gave a good account on this incident in his book `Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks` volume 1. ISBN: 0-85052-457-1 though the theory that bullet holes may have come from a Spitfire were never proven. I was up at the crash site two weeks ago where a small pile of wreckage still remains. Be happy to scan relevant pages from book if you want them.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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