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    Default 44186 P/O William Charles Watling

    MotBoB records the loss of this officer whilst with 92 Squadron on 7/2/41. His death is registered at Eastry, Kent. Franks does not show any losses but Fighter Command War Diaries lists the loss of one 92S Spitfire on this date. Does anyone have the serial No. please?

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    Dave

    He had 2 Claims 14th August 1940 - Is he in "Those Other Eagles"?

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    Hi Dave
    John Foreman in "1941-The Turning Point, Pt 1", records Watling's loss as "Crashed near Deal in mist" in Spitfire R6924.There is no indication as to what brought the a/c down resulting in the crash.
    However in Air Britain Serials R6924 is recorded as "Swung after night landing and hit steamroller at Fairwood Common" whilst with 53 OTU on 26/1/43. They record 92 Sqn as among the previous"owners". The 2 incidents are not incompatible if the a/c was repaired after the crash that resulted in Watling's death
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    Last edited by Dick; 19th May 2009 at 12:27.

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    "On 26th January 1943 Spitfire I R6924 of 53 OTU swung after a night landing at RAF Fairwood Common and struck a steam roller - the pilot, Sgt J Holme, was seriously injured. "

    http://ciapoldiescorner.blogspot.com/2009/01/events-for-26th-january.html

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    http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p010.htm

    "R6924 Ia 893 EA MIII FF 15-7-40 (CMG) 6MU 16-7-40 cannon wing fitt 19S 19-7-40 7OTU 3-9-40 AST 8-9-40 Cv MkII MXII AFDU Northolt 28-11-40 92S 22-1-41 lost in fog crashed pilot killed C3 7-2-41 AST SOC 18-2-41 cancel 504S 5-11-41 58OTU 8-3-42 53OTU 23-9-42 hit steamroller overshot Fairwood Common 26-1-43 "

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    Covered this briefly in my book The Biggin Hill Wing 1941.

    Two Spitfires of 92 Sqn, including Bill Watling in R6924, took off from Manston in the morning of 7/2/41 on a weather test. Visibility was extremely bad and at 1145 hrs a message was received from Hawkinge that one of the Spits had crashed into a hill near Deal. Watling,who was twenty years of age, was killed instantly. He had been with 92 Sqn since July 1940 and had been shot down and badly burned during combat on 9 September, returning to 92 at the end of October 1940.

    Peter

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