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    Default Ditched Spitfire 129 sqdn 1942

    hi all, has anyone any details for the loss of a Spitfire of 129 Sqdn which was lost off Eday Orkney on 11/11/1942 ? all I have is the Pilots name, P/O Dixon, and that he survived. Any more information would be most welcome

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    The unit does not match but the

    www.spitfires.ukf.net/p001.htm

    K9857 Ia 73 EA MII FF 1-2-39 19S 11-5-39 wheels up landing Duxford 20-5-39 7OTU 7-7-40 FAC2 5-9-40 57OTU 19-12-40 FAAC 16-4-41 1CRU 1-8-41 8OTU 24-5-42 FAAC 11-6-42 8OTU 25-7-42 engine failed fire in flight aircraft abandoned into sea pilot rescued by ASR off Fraserburgh 11-11-42

    Fraserburgh is off Orkney I think (from google search). ??

    Where does your 129 Squadron info come from?
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    Dennis, Fraserburgh is in north east Aberdeenshire so quite a way from Orkney unless there is a Fraserburgh way up there too so possibly a different incident.

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    Hi Dennis, it was taken from the book Skies over Scapa by Gregor Lamb its all it really says so a bit stuck

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    HI Kevin,

    The reference to a loss off Eday is correct.

    FARA, ORKNEYS.
    At about 2.20 in the afternoon of the 11th November, 1942, an aeroplane exploded in the air, and the pilot came down by parachute in Fara Sound. The accident was seen by the coastguard. A man put out in his motor boat about 2.45, rescued the pilot at 3 o’clock and landed him on Fara. - Rewards, £1.
    (Source: RNLI Records of Service 1939-46)

    Dennis is also correct with the unit and aircraft.

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    P/O A W T Dixon

    Caught fire and abandoned over the sea near the Orkney islands and crashed at 14:35 hrs into Fersuess Bay, Isle of Eday. Rescued by trawler owned by Mr Leslie of Holland, Isle of Fara, after being in the water for 30 mins. The pilot was taken to Fara then transferred to RAF HSL173 for transporation to Kirkwall.

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    Once again thank you Ross ! some great stuff there !

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    I'd thought I'd fallen on my face there. Is there any 129 Squadron connection or was it just assumed that a Spitfire up there at that time would be 129 Sqn?

    I can;t find A W T Dixon in LG or Flight.

    Two men were born however that would match:
    Arthur T W Dixon in 1921

    Archie William T Dixon in 1926 and died in 1997, Bristol District. I can't Find any Archie Williams in LG plus he is that few years younger.

    One of them may have become a Rev. A W T Dixon in Tiberton, West Midlands.
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    Perhaps 'Ferseuss Bay' has been misread as 'Fraserborough'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davew View Post
    Perhaps 'Ferseuss Bay' has been misread as 'Fraserborough'.

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    DaveW
    That is a very good point Dave, there is for sure a Fersness Bay at the north end of Eday just to the east of the Isle of Faray

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    Last edited by Kevin Heath; 13th March 2009 at 13:38.

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    Default Spitfire off Eday, 11 Nov 1942

    This a/c was from 8(C) OTU Fraserburgh, which may explain some of the confusion. This was the photo recce OTU. The engine trouble was suspected to have arisen from a glycol leak.

    Keith

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