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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21998
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Date:22-FEB-1940
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron Royal Air Force (602 (City of Glasgow) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9962
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:East Coldingham, Berwickshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Drem, East Lothian
Destination airport:RAF Drem
Narrative:
The pilot shot down a Heinkel 111 and then overturned his aircraft trying to land near the downed bomber in a failed attempt to prevent the German crew from setting fire to their aircraft. The Germans rescued Farquhar from his Spitfire .

K9962 went to Air Services Training on 4/3/40 for repair.

Crew: Squadron Leader (90158) Alistair Douglas FARQUHAR (pilot) DFC RAF - OK

Sqn Ldr Farquhar landed his plane alongside the downed He 111 at high speed; the bomber's crew looked on in disbelief as it trundled on down the hill and cartwheeled into a bog. They first hauled out their injured rear gunner and set fire to their plane, then ran down the hill to rescue the gallant Squadron Leader, who was suspended upside down by his safety harness, the bomber's crew all took part in this rescue.

By then, the Heinkel was well alight so they all rushed up the hill (Sqn Ldr Farquhar included) to pull the German rear gunner further from the flames. The comedy of errors was not quite over, the LDV (Local Defence Volunteers, a.k.a. The Home Guard) arrived on the scene over the crest of a nearby hill and because they hadn't seen the Spitfire at the bottom of the hill, they assumed that the Squadron Leader was part of the Heinkel's crew, so they arrested him too!

It was only when he produced an OHMS envelope bearing his latest income tax demand that they transferred him to the side of the "good guys". One of the Heinkel's crew, Fw Sprigarth, was mentioned in Parliament for his part in the rescue.

Sources:

1. http://ne-diary.genuki.uk/Inc/ISeq_03.html
2. http://coastkid.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-north-berwick-heinkel.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2008 11:30 Anon. Added
19-Dec-2011 14:20 angels one five Updated [Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
25-Dec-2011 09:59 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
25-Dec-2011 10:08 Nepa Updated [Operator]
28-Dec-2011 06:06 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport]
10-Jan-2012 02:56 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
13-Jan-2012 02:04 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport]
05-Nov-2012 00:18 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
13-Sep-2014 09:20 angels one five Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
01-Jun-2015 16:11 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
28-Sep-2018 23:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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