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Thread: P/O Gerald Massey-Sharpe, 222 Squadron, 1st June 1940

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    Default P/O Gerald Massey-Sharpe, 222 Squadron, 1st June 1940

    hello,

    I was given yesterday an hydraulic jack from the Spitfire Mk I flown by Pilot Officer Gerald MASSEY-SHARPE, No 222 Squadron, killed in action on 1st June 1940. He's buried in Pihen-les-Guines.

    Several sources states he was flying Spitfire I P9339 but Peter Cornwell doesn't give a serial number in "The Battle of France then and now".

    I'm looking for your opinion about the serial number, for inclusion in the label for that part. I'm also looking for a portrait of this pilot, in case of...

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Hi Joss

    There's a poor-quality picture of him in the Tim Vigors biography. It came from Norman Franks, so I may be able to get you a copy.

    Give my regards to other two Musketeers!

    Cheers
    Brian

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    hello Brian,

    Thanks for your help.

    I'll pass on your regards to Hugues and Bertrand. The former's last book was released on VE-Day, called "Bombes et V1 sur le Pas-de-Calais". Bertrand visits this board from time to time.

    Have a nice Sunday

    Joss

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    Hi Joss

    I've been trying to contact you but mail returned!!

    I have the photo for you - please contact me with your postal address

    Cheers
    Brian

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    hello Brian,

    I'm sending you an e-mail right now

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Hallo Joss,

    A photo of the crashed P9339 appeared in one of Ed West's regular photo postings, 21 January 2009 I think. The photo shows a badly damaged Spitfire fuselage lying in a wood with the code 'ZD-J' and 'P933.' clearly visible. By a process of elimination using the various Air-Britain serial lists this can only be P9339.

    Hope this helps,

    Martin.

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    Hello Martin

    I have seen a picture of the crash site, in a small place called "Bouquehault", roughly south-east of Calais, but it was a very bad crash and I don't remember seeing a big bit of fuselage. But perhaps it was a different point of view.

    Can you explain me what "Ed West's reglar photo postings" is ?

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Hi Joss,


    Ed West is the famous man on TOCH! Forum who list the best (?) aircraft pictures available on Ebay.

    HTH

    Bertrand

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    hello Bertrand

    Thanks for the explanation. I don't visit TOCH very often for the reasons you know and I'm not registered there anyway. Will try to find this post and see if I can find this e-bay picture, alas I think it might be gone, since January.

    Joss

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    hello,

    Thanks Martin for the e-bay pictures you provided me. Much interesting. As time goes by, many pictures of crashed planes taken by German soldiers as souvenirs emerge and even if we can't afford buying them, they are often good clues and help historians like us a lot.

    Cheers

    Joss

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