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Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron

Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
20:39:53 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
Can anyone help me with the fate of this a/c please.

AB Serials notes 'Missing 4/4/42 but still recorded with 416 on 26th'.

FCL and Fighter Command War Diaries record no losses for 412 on these dates.

Someone has suggested that a crash of a 412S Spitfire at Tillymair Farmhouse, Alford, Aberdeen on 27th April may have been this a/c.

Any help appreciated.

Regards

DaveW


RE: Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:53:56 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
G'day Dave

According to the Spitfire bible (Morgan & Shacklady) the aircraft was serving with No. 416 (F) Squadron at the time of loss (4th of April 1942).

The short history is as follows:

Accepted by No. 9 Maintenance Unit - 25th of January 1942

Recieved by No. 416 'City of Oshawa' (F) Squadron on the 1st of March 1942

Failed to return from ops on the 4th of April 1942

Cheers...Chris


RE: Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: Ken MacLean (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:59:04 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
Dave,

Assuming an RCAF fatality in the 27th April crash, the CVWM records eight RCAF deaths on that date. One of them may fit your query:

Flt. Sgt. Arthur WALKER R/84047, 416 Sqn., died 27 Apr 42, buried DYCE OLD CHURCHYARD, Aberdeenshire.


RE: Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:23:02 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
DFave and Ken

"They Shall Not Grow Old" confirms the aircraft serial number and pilot.

Here is the entry verbatim from the book.

"WALKER, ARTHUR (FS(P) R84047. From Ridgeway, Ontario. Killed Apr.27/42: age 19 #416 City of Oshawa Squadron (Ad Soltum Paratus) Walker was flying Spitfire aircraft # BL 799 at 30,000 feet thirty miles west of Dyce when the aircraft went into a spin then crashed and burned near Dyce. The crash is believed to have been caused by the failure of FS Walker's oxygen supply. Flight Sergeant Walker is buried in the Dyce Old Churchyard, Aberdeenshire, Scotland."

Cheers...Chris


RE: Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:25:44 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
Oops, sorry that should read Dave and Ken )-:


RE: Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
22:48:13 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
Gentlemen, many thanks for that, just the job.

Regards

DaveW


RE: Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
22:49:53 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
Gentlemen, many thanks for that and apologies for the finger trouble with the squadron No.

DaveW


RE: Spitfire BL779, 412 Squadron
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
23:09:07 Thursday, March 23, 2006
Post:
Tillymair Farm, Kirkton of Tough, 10km W of Dyce .A T.37/612128.

Regards

DaveW