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    Default Spitfire GW-J 340 Squadron crash in Belgium

    Hi !

    On the Soma website (see http://www.cegesoma.be/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=56 )
    a photograph of a crashed Spitfire of 340 Free French Squadron can be found.
    The photograph was taken at Avelgem, Belgium.
    Who has more details about this crash ?

    Many thanks and best regards from Belgium

    Luc

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    Luc,

    This one puzzles me as well. Civilians around are not dressed for winter, indicating a time frame. Area liberated already. Serial starts with "P".

    Some possibilities: PL188 FTR 14-9-44 Recat B 4-11-44
    PL317 Cat B ops 16-9-44
    PT892 FTR ops 20-9-44

    Unfortunately I don't have squadron codes for these to make a match.

    Regards,

    Leendert
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    G'day,

    Interesting photo - Played around in photoshop and the enhanced picture is here:
    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t72/bobby_chipping/SpitfireGW-J-enhanced1.jpg

    To my ageing eyes it looks much like PL42? - either 5,6 or 9
    These don't match with published histories ??

    maybe someone will see it differently

    Refards
    Bobby

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    Gidday,

    fwiw I read that as PU 426.

    H

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    Hi all,

    According to my information, it would be the Spit IX PL188 crashed at Avelgem at the named place "Raaptorf". The pilot was Yves Lelchat, but I don't have his rank.

    Rgds
    Régis

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    Firstly, the 'J' looks like it has been changed secondly I think it may be the aftermath of

    PL142 340.Sqn, Armed Recce to Bernay, shot down by flak, crashlanded on bank of River Orne 20-8-44 (evening), Sgt F LEGARDE safe (retd to unit three days later)

    The L and 1 together making a 'U' that some people can see
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 16th November 2007 at 10:20.

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    PL188 was coded "P" according to the 2 TAF books.

    /John

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    Paul

    for Sgt F LEGARDE read Felix LAGARDE.

    HTH

    Bertrand

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    Default Spitfire GW-J 340 Squadron crash in Belgium

    Hi !

    Many thanks for all the received information.

    What kind of official RAF-form was filled in for such a crash ? Are they kept at the Royal Air Force Museum or AHB ?

    Best regards

    Luc

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    Hi. I've never been on a chat room before so please excuse my ignorance if there's specific protocol. I'm trying to trace the birth father of my mother-in-law. All we know is that his name was Felix LeGare / LaGare / LeGarde /LaGarde, he was a spitfire pilot with the Free French Airforce and was based at Biggin Hill in 1944. Your post (and Bertrand H's later) obviously makes reference to such a man. Could you possibly advise where you got your info from and whether you know of any more relating to him.
    All the best

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