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Crash site of Spitfire R7222
5/07/1941

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Unit: 54 Squadron
Aircraft: Spitfire
Code: R7222
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Mission: Escort
Crew officer: P/O Knox K E
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

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Facts

Spitfires from 54 and 616 Sqdn escort a bombing formation crossing towards Lille on the afternoon of 5 July. The Schlageter-Emils of the I.Gruppe show up. Both Oblt Priller and Lt Unzeitig take down two British aircraft above Dunkirk. Pilot Officer Kenward Knox (54 Sqdn) is hit and embarks on a long flight down, a flight that ends near the West Flemish village of Reningelst. Among the debris of the Spitfire Va with serial number R7222 is the lifeless body of the 23-year-old pilot.
He is buried in the British war cemetery of Reningelst, next to his fellow countrymen who died in the field hospital there during the First World War.

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The wreck of the Spitfire R7222 (Pictures: Rate One)

Sources:
Rate One
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered
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