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Crash site of Spitfire K9813-SH

cest raf squadron
Unit: 64 Squadron
Aircraft: Spitfire
Code: K9813-SH
Base: Kenley, Whyteleafe
Mission: Dunkerque
Crew officer: Fl/Sgt G. Hatch
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: Near Dunkerque



K9813: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no 24). Delivered to 66 Squadron 8-11-38 Transferred to 41 Squadron 1-6-39, and then to 64 Squadron 11-8-39 as "SH-L". Written off (destroyed) in Combat with Bf 110s over Dunkirk 31-5-40. Pilot Flight Sgt Hatch bailed out, became POW, died later of injuries.

According to the official Air Ministry file into the accident (File AIR 81/707): "Spitfire K9813 in air operations over Dunkirk, France, 31 May 1940. Sergeant G H Hatch: report of death from injuries"

Crew of Spitfire K9813-SH:
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) George H. Hatch, RAF 510966 - bailed out, survived, but injured. Died of injuries sustained on 29-09-40 at Enghien Hospital in Belgium while still in captivity. Buried at Enghein Communal Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium


Wreck of a 64Sqd Spitfire, during operation Dynamo, in May 1940 (Picture: Key-Aero)

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