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    My brother collided with 3 Spits in a flying accident in March 1942 while taking off. I have discovered the registration numbers of the aircraft he collided with and I would like to find out what happened to them.

    The registration numbers are:
    X4643
    X4339
    P7966

    I did a quick web search and drew a blank on the first 2. But P7966 showed up right away as a Spit 2 flown by Douglas Bader. What is strange is that Bader collided with a 109 in 1941 and spent the rest of the war in a German prison camp. As the collision did not take place until 1942 I have to assume either, Bader wasn't flying P7966 or the information I have obtained from the RAF is incorrect.

    If I could trace the 3 aircraft by their registration numbers, that might clear up the apparent discrepancy.

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    My brother collided with 3 Spits in a flying accident in March 1942 while taking off. I have discovered the registration numbers of the aircraft he collided with and I would like to find out what happened to them.

    The registration numbers are:
    X4643
    X4339
    P7966

    I did a quick web search and drew a blank on the first 2. But P7966 showed up right away as a Spit 2 flown by Douglas Bader. What is strange is that Bader collided with a 109 in 1941 and spent the rest of the war in a German prison camp. As the collision did not take place until 1942 I have to assume either, Bader wasn't flying P7966 or the information I have obtained from the RAF is incorrect.

    If I could trace the 3 aircraft by their registration numbers, that might clear up the apparent discrepancy.

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    I recall seeing a book listing Spits (and possibly all other wartim RAF a/c) serials and cross referencing their Squadron assignments and ultimate dispositions, but that was some time ago. However, that does mean the information you seek is available...

    As for Bader's last mission, I believe that he was flying a Mk Va by that time, and resisting mightily the assignment of a cannon armed Spit.

    cheers

    horseback

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Taylortony:
    Ok I would suggest you read this first and go from there

    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/hendon/r...20Aircraft.doc

    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/hendon/r...></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Also try http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/ahb.html
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    That's great information Taylortony and horseback. Just when I think I have reached a blank wall in my research, another door mysteriously opens.

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    Be polite and join this forum,theres ALOT of good people on here that may be able to help http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/for...112f&forumid=4

    Good luck,let us know how you get on
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    "Spitfire the history", morgan and shacklady, has the serials and brief service lives of all Spitfires. P7966 and X4643 seem to have spent a long time in repair after March 42, P7966 emerged in october only to crash a few days later. If P7966 was flown by Bader it was probably while it served in 616 sqn in 1941, the Wing Leader might fly an a/c from any Sqn in his wing.
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    Hope you don't mind,i have asked on the forum for you http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sho...683#post366683

    Keep an eye on it,good luck
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    This from Morgan and Shacklady (service card details which read chronologically). I've tried to interpret the cryptic abbreviations as best I can, but some are unknown to me:

    X4643 (page 93)

    1235 FF (First Flight?) 21/10/40
    6MU (Maintenance Unit?) 23/10/40
    72S (S=Squadron?) 26/10/40
    485S 7/5/41
    61OTU (Operational Training Unit?) 1/6
    ASTE 13/3/42
    RNAS (Royal Naval Air Service?) 9/9
    CE 13/10/44


    X4339 (page 90)

    1100 FF 2/9/40
    8MU 4/9/40
    66S 7/9/40
    Shot down by He111 forced landing C2 P/O Cruickshanks safe
    11/9/40 SAL
    57OTU 3/6/41
    306S 6/10/41
    215MU 21/10/42
    'Bar For' 9/11/42 (sent overseas?)
    Port 21/11/42


    P7966 (page 112)

    Manxman 45MU 24/2/41
    616S 23/3/41
    2S 5/8/41
    154S 9/1/42
    61OTU 3/3/42
    HAL 11/3/42
    52OTU 3/10/42
    dvd i/building Quedgeley MU Glos (dived into building?)
    CE 15/10/42
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