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Narrative:26 May 1943: 2 Squadron, RAF - three Mustang 1s (AG623, AG550 and AP210) were in close formation flying as part of "Operation Asphalt", a "Ranger" sortie. After having twice postponed Operation 'Asphalt', it was carried out. 'Asphalt' was a Ranger sortie to carry out offensive operations on rail movements in the area Rennes-Laval-Le Mans-Chateaubriand-Blain-Redon-Rennes. At 1650 hours ten Mustangs took off bad weather from Thruxton, Hants.
North American P-51 Mustang I
|Operator:||2 Sqn RAF|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Kimbridge, St Albans Head, Dorset -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||RAF Thruxton|
The bad weather consisted of a bank of sea fog in the Channel and along the South Coast. The three 2 Squadron pilots who were lost were part of a formation of 10 aircraft that was heading out for France and were ordered to climb above the fog but the three pilots failed to climb fast enough or high enough
Flying Officer Miller (in AG550/XV-U) F/O Hirst (in AG623/XV-W) and Pilot Officer Mcleod (in AP210/XV-Y) part of the ten strong squadron, flew line abreast in fog into a hill at Kimbridge, St Albans Head, Dorset. All three aircraft destroyed, all three pilots killed
The remaining seven Mustang 1's landed at Thruxton safely.
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Source]|
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