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    Default 57 OTU Spit's or not?

    Hi all,

    I'm trawling through my list of 57 OTU Spitfire crashes and have come up with the following serials for which I need clarification:

    14.08.44
    Supermarine Spitfire II P7583 57 O.T.U. Eshott
    Aircraft undershot its landing it then hit a fence and crash-landed at Eshott.

    05.01.44
    Supermarine Spitfire IIA P8015 57 O.T.U. Eshott
    Aircraft was in the circuit when the engine failed and the pilot then ditched the aircraft in the sea 1 mile north of Boulmer, Northumberland.

    15.03.44
    Supermarine Spitfire IIA P8608 57 O.T.U. Eshott
    Aircraft collided on ground with Master N8044 at Eshott.

    My records show P8608 & P8015 never served with 57 OTU, whilst P7583 does not appear to be a Spitfire serial.

    Any ideas? Also does anyone have pilot names for these incidents?

    Thanks,

    Jim
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    Hello Jim,

    14-8-44
    Spitfire IIa P7538
    57 OTU 24-3-43 Undershot wheels -up landing, struck fence, Eshott 14-8-44 CE 16-8-44.

    5-1-44
    Spitfire IIa P8017
    57 OTU 8-4-42 FACB 25-6-42 ros. Engine failed, into the sea near Boulmer CE 5-1-44.

    15-3-44
    Spitfire IIa P8608
    No joy. Shown as on stength of 52 OTU, which could be a typo.

    See: www.spitfires.ukf.net

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 6th June 2009 at 04:56. Reason: minor correction

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    Hi Jim,

    RAF serials by Air Britain shows P8608 with 266/123/57 OTU struck of charge 20.12.44

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Thank you both for your replies, I thought they could have been typing errors.

    Pavel - does Air Britain give the dates P8608 was taken on charge by each of the units?

    Thanks,

    Jim
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    Jim,

    Here is the spitfires.ukf.net entry for P8608 in full (with typo!)

    Spitfire IIa CBAF MXII 38 MU 12-6-41 266S 4-7-41 123S 16-9-41 61 OTU Air collision with P8539 crashed Bomere Heath, Salop CAC 10-9-42 52 OTU 29-1-43 SOC 20-12-44

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    That is near enough the same info I had, including the typo, which is why the accident did not match the aircraft.

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    Jim
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    Hi Jim,

    unfortunately not there is always a list of units withou any dates.

    Pavel
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