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    Hi all,

    any idea of identity of a Dornier "shot down over the town and displayed on the square". This note is from 16 Nov 1940 with additional info that this exhibition was for gathering money for Spitfires.

    Any more details much appreciated - no luck yet with Mr. Google, Flight and the Times archive...

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel
    I can't find anything about a Dornier displayed in the Square in 1940 in my "Swindon in Camera 1850-1979" book

    This is from ---
    http://www.swindonweb.com/index.asp?m=8&s=116&ss=396&t=THE+ELECTRONIC+AGE
    via google
    "Plessey's new factory was lucky to escape when Kembrey Street became one of the few roads in Swindon to suffer bomb damage during the Second World War. Five houses were hit on August 17, 1942 as a lone Dornier bomber killed 29 people"

    From http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?articleID=8941
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    Air Commodore Peter Brothers dies at the age of 91
    The citation stated: “During an offensive patrol in August 1940, this officer's flight encountered about one hundred enemy aircraft. He led the flight in attack against them, but before this could be pressed home, he was himself attacked by a number of Messerschmitt 110s.
    “Turning to meet them, he found himself in a stalled position; he spun out of it and immediately sighted and engaged a Dornier 215 which he shot down."
    He was a patron of the Spitfire Assoc. "

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    Thanks a lot Anne. Ther is a possibility that may source wrongly identify the plane, it may be for example Ju 88 or He 111 but I am quite pretty sure that there was an enemy plane what he saw and the only possibility how to get it was to shot it down:-)

    But on the other hand it may be a "wandering" exhibit which was moved from town to town...

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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