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Crash site of Spitfire MH471

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Unit: 129 Squadron
Aircraft: Spitfire
Code: MH471
Base: Hornchurch
Mission: Ramrod
Incident: Hit during air combat over Gent city

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)



The events that ensued were summarised in the squadron’s diary of operations (known as the Operations Record Book) as:
“Sweeping around E of Ghent they observed the bombing which appeared to be scattered mostly over the south side of the town, producing a considerable amount of smoke. The Wing was bounced by 12-plus FW 190s (Luftwaffe Focke-Wuf Fw 190 fighters) – several combats took place but no claims were made. Sgt Carmichael is missing from this operation – when last seen he was diving to attack a FW 190 but seemed to be unaware that their (sic) was another on his tail.
The Wing crossed over the Ostende – Nieuport area and made for base.”

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