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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of West-Vlaanderen:
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* To the 602 Squadron *
* To the crew of P8478 *
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Crash site of Spitfire P8478
21/07/1941

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Unit: 602 Squadron
Aircraft: Spitfire
Code: P8478
Base:
Mission:
Crew officer: F/Lt RITCHIE, THOMAS GLYN FINLAYSON
Incident:

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

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Facts

On 21 July, the squadron, operating via North Weald, were tasked with escorting three Stirling bombers when they were attacked by about five Me.109s. Flight Lieutenant Ritchie, as Yellow Leader, was last seen diving over Lille in his Spitfire Mk.IIa P8478. It was later confirmed he had been shot down and killed.
Ritchie was buried by the Germans with full military honours, in the Reninghelst churchyard extension, Belgium.

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Sources:
Kenley Revival
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
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