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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166006
Last updated: 18 September 2019
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Date:26-APR-1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX
Owner/operator:329 (GC 1/2 Cigognes) Squadron Royal Air Force (329 (GC 1/2 Cigognes) Sqn RAF)
Registration: MK360
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Horsham, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Merston
Destination airport:RAF Merston
Narrative:
The OC of 145 (Free French) Airfield Wing had been leading his unit in a fighter sweep to Mons.
On the return flight to Merston the Wing Commander's Spitfire, MK360, collided in cloud with another aircraft of 329 Squadron, Spitfire Mk IX MK346, piloted by Sgt-Chef C.A. Alligier.
The NCO's Spitfire suffered damage, but its pilot was able to make a forced landing at Wappington Farm, Horsham. The Spitfire was repairable and Sgt-Chef Alligier escaped with injuries.
The Wing Commander's plane however crashed and was destroyed. The pilot did not survive.
Crew:
W/Cdr (70868) Roy MARPLES DFC and Bar (pilot) RAFVR - killed



Sources:

The Pilots of 41 Squadron RAF-1939-1945.
Spitfire production list
CWGC


Related books:

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-May-2014 12:38 angels one five Added
18-May-2014 09:19 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
18-May-2014 09:20 angels one five Updated [Destination airport]
03-Jun-2015 16:06 Oezil 007 Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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