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    Default Spitfire Vb EP360

    Hi to all,

    I’m currently preparing a conference for next late September at Guipavas, near Brest, France, about all the planes crashed there during WW II. There would be around 12 different aircraft from all nations that fell here, and the aim is to pay a tribute to them, and to try to learn some more about some unidentified.

    May somebody have any other information about the loss of 317 Sqn Spitfire Vb EP360 on 24/06/1943. I did read the information provided by the Sqn ORB, available on the web, but what lead us to be close to be able to prove that this Spitfire crashed there, and not at sea, even if this pilot is still known as MIA, is the crossing of french archives documents, remains, and one of the nearest farmer who said the pilot was polish. It did crash the same day that the B-25 on that date.

    What I have, crash site known, remains, 317 Sqn picture.
    What I’m looking for, a portrait picture of Sgt KOSTANSKI, a good « big » picture of this plane or another 317 Sqn, a contact with relatives, …

    Thanks for your help
    Regards
    Gildas

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    Gildas,

    Not sure if this will help, but here is what I have for this particular mission. Hopefully it will help?

    Commencing at 1600 hours, 13 MITCHELL bombers of 98 and 198 Squadrons, escorted and supported by SPITFIRES of 310, 313, 302, 317 and the IBSLEY WING as high cover, attacked GUIPAVAS aerodrome (near BREST). One bomber turned back when the formation was a few miles off the LIZARD; the remainder flew to the target area, where an ineffective smoke screen was put up, the bombers dropping their load from 11,000 ft., bursts being seen on the aerodrome. One MITCHELL was hit by flak and exploded over the target, and in the course of combats with enemy aircraft, SPITFIRES of the escort destroyed 2 FW.190s and damaged 5 others, for the loss of a SPITFIRE and pilot of 317 squadron. The IBSLEY WING sighted about 6 Fw.190s which avoided combat. In connection with the above operation an attack was made on the MORLAX/PLOUJEAN aerodrome by 4 TYPHOON bombers of 183 Squadron, escorted by 8 TYPHOONS I-B of 193 Squadron. This formation left HARROWBEER at 1650 hours and bombed the target from 4,000 ft., after diving from 12,000 ft., 5x500-lb., bombs being dropped. Bursts were seen on the S.E. dispersal area on the edge of the wood. This phase of the operation provoked a reaction of 2 enemy aircraft from the BREST area, but neither the bombers, their escort and the withdrawal cover provided by SPITFIRES of 610 Squadron swept the MORLAIX area, following the bombers out, were engaged by enemy aircraft.


    Stephen M. Fochuk

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    Thanks Stephen.
    About the Fw-190 claims, we found nothing for the moment. None of the known crash site can be linked to this date.
    Thanks again
    Gildas

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