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    Please , can anyone confirm which Spitfire this officer was killed in on 13/6/43, the AUSSIE archives has EE 954 , but i cannot find this number listed ?
    any INFORMATION would be most helpful , as always my very sincere thanks phill jones

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    best match from the Spitfire site and Spitfire status cards A10297 series on Australian archvies is

    Spitfire JG897 (A58-179)
    EE954 ? Not sure how that would have been mixed up??

    http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/_prodn%20list.txt
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis , thanks for,that , in fact Brennan's A/C EE 954? Collided with JG897 , (SGT GARDNER),15/6/43 , AFTER LANDING BOTH A/C COLLIDED , but cant find EE 954
    SGT gardner survived
    phill jones

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    Hello,

    Brennan's Spitfire was: A58-181 (JG954).

    NB. It is doubtful that Brennan's Spitfire ever carried A58-181, most early RAAF Spits retained their RAF serial (for awhile, at least).

    Useful biographical data on Brennan, here:

    http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130284b.htm

    Col
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    Col,
    Quote from FlyPast, December 2005, page 69 (Spitfires over New Guinea - Andrew Thomas charts the story of 79 Squadron, RAAF, in WW2):
    "No. 79s were the first Spitfires to be based outside Australia but sadly, the move led to its first casualty when EE807 crashed on landing at Cairns and Fg Off V.P. Brennan, a successful pilot with ten victories over Malta, died."
    The NAA on 404692 Brennan only mentions aircraft "K" and a statement of F/Sgt P.E. Turner (412215) how the accident happened "at Garbutt Aerodrome, Townsville".
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    Col,
    BRENNAN in my files under A58-135 (ex. EE807) took off Laverton, Victoria, on transit flight to Vivigani, Goodenough Islands; crashed at/near Cairns.
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    Henk.

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    Henk,

    From the 79 Sqn RAAF ORB (Form A.50) (p.6 of 352)

    JUNE 1943 - ACCIDENTS

    June 4th.: P/O. BINNING ES259 on landing went over on its nose and damaged airscrew.

    June 13th.: F/O. BRENNAN EE954 [sic] and 421465 Sgt. GARDINER L.H. (JG897) came into collision on landing at TOWNSVILLE EE954 burst into flames and was completely destroyed and JG897 so extensively damaged was written off.

    June 17th.: No.420898 Sgt HOWARD W.F. taxying JG957 at HORNE ISLAND hit a rut causing damage to airscrew and a broken tail strut.

    No.405558 F/Sgt CORMACK H.S. "EE807" whilst taxying swerved off runway when landing at SEVEN MILE PORT MORESBY, hit a pile of gravel and damaged starboard mainplane and wing tip, airscrew, flaps, undercarriage, tail strut and fuselage.

    A58-151 (JG954) alias EE954, was written off at Townsville on 13-6-1943. A58-135 (EE807) was damaged at Seven Mile Port Moresby on 17-6-1943. It was repaired and remained in service until converted in October 1944.

    Henk, You need to see the 79 Sq ORB and the Spitfire Aircraft Status Cards to get the full picture.

    Col.
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    Henk,

    I am posting this separately so there is no confusion:

    No.79 Sqn ORB (Form A.50) (p.14 of 352)

    Flying Party. (LAVERTON to GOODENOUGH)

    4.6.43

    12 Pilots of "B" Flight left LAVERTON for RICHMOND with Beaufort escort.

    F/L.BOTT - BR485
    P/O.BINNING - ES259
    Sgt.GILBERT - JG891
    Sgt.SCHMITZER - ER735
    F/O.BRENNAN - EE954*
    Sgt.TURNER -ES232
    F/O.TASSICKER - AR532
    Sgt.GRINLINGTON - EE849
    F/O.BIRCH - EE851
    Sgt.CALLISTER - EE845
    F/O.RICHARDS - ES564
    F/O.PICKARD - EE836

    On landing P/O. BINNING's aircraft went over on its nose damaging airscrew. Flying time 2 hours 40 minutes.

    The flight left RICHMOND with the same pilots and planes (but for the Commanding Officer who replaced F/O.RICHARDS with JG740) for AMBERLEY on 9.6.43. It then left AMBERLEY for TOWNSVILLE on 13.6.43 with the same pilots and planes, and on arrival the accident occurred - Collision on landing between F/O.BRENNAN and Sgt.GARDNER. Both aircraft written off (EE954* & JG897.). F/O. BRENNAN DFC DFM was grievously injured and died on way to hospital as a result of the injuries, the aircraft exploded and burst into flames before the pilot could be rescued.

    * Note the continued incorrect use of the serial EE954.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col for this clear info.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Dennis, Col , And Henk , Many Thanks For All Your Help On This One Many Thanks
    Phill

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