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    Default Spitfire collision 28 January 1943

    Another question from a reader of my website. His uncle, P.O. Gilbert Frederick Brown (RCAF J/16416) was killed in a collision between 2 Spitfires from 411 Squadron on 28 December 1943. We think the two aircraft were R6897 and AB847. The other pilot, possibly named McGee, apparently survived.

    Looking for any additional information on the crash, other pilot, who was flying what, etc.

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    Hi Bill, from RAF serials I can confirm:

    R6897 Spitfire I 411 Sq collided with AB847 during practice dogfight and crashed, Orby, Lincs. But the date stated 28.1.43!
    AB847 Spitfire V 411 Sq Collided with R6897 and crashed 1m E of Orby, Lincs. Also date as 28.1.43

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    Date was 28/01/1943 according to CWGC

    It was a collision between AB847 and R6897

    Brown was in R6897 but I do not know the pilot in AB847

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    I have P/O C. A. Graham (service no. J.11544) in AB847, also killed.

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    Thanks Pavel, Paul and Voytech. I knew it was 1943 but my keyboard was acting up.

    From the memory of P/O Brown's younger brother the family in Canada was visited by an officer named McGee shortly after the accident, and they had the impression he was the other pilot involved. Information will be passed on, thanks again.

    I can't find P/O Graham in the CWGC site, are we sure about spelling and initials?
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 16th January 2009 at 13:25. Reason: added last para

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    Default P/O Graham

    He baled out with injuries - not killed.

    Cheers
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    Thanks John, that fits nicely.

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    Default Bob M. ZoBell

    I am the nephew of Bob M ZoBell a Canadian who flew spitfires in WW2. I am looking for his service records. I have a digitized copy of his war journal between Oct 1941 and Aug 1945.

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    hello Bob's nephew,

    his service reocrd is available from the Canadian national archives:
    All the details are here.
    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/022/022-909.007-e.html

    Has he died over 20 years ago?
    Dennis Burke
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    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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