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Old 14th December 2008, 16:30
Larry Hickey Larry Hickey is offline
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Seeking photos/info of 92 SQ Spitfires crashed & damaged during 23.5.40 combat over France


As part of the EOE Project, we've located several photos of two of the five 92 SQ Spitfires shot down or damaged over France on May 23, 1940. These two are the Spitfires of Bushell and Gillies. Two other Spitfires were shot down in France, Learmond and Klipsch, and one, Green, made it back to Hawkinge badly damaged where it made a forced-landing. Does anyone know if photos exist of the crash of Learmond on the beach at Cap Griz-Nez France? He apparently remains MIA, and his fate has not been determined. Klipsch apparently crashed vertically at Wierre-Effroy and was kiled. Do any contemporary photos exist of that crash site? And finally, do any photos exist of N3167 after Green force-landed it at Hawkinge with injuries and serious damage?

There is a good report of the circumstances of Roger Buschell being shot down and captured, but I'm not aware of any good account of Gillies experiences, during which he was shot down and captured. Does such an account exist?

I'm aware of the following sources, besides Franks, for accounts of 92 SQ actions that day:

'Smoke Trails in the Sky' by Anthony Bartley (William Kimber 1984) - Tony
Bartley's account,
'Fly For Your Life' by Larry Forrester (Frederick Muller 1956)- Stanford
Tuck's biography,
'The RAF in the World War Vol.2' by Capt Norman MacMillan (George Harrap
1944)- Roger Bushell's account.

Are we missing anything?

Larry Hickey
Eagles Over Europe Project Coordinator
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