Accident Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb BL565,
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Date:Sunday 2 January 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb
Owner/operator:349 (Belgian) Sqn RAF
Registration: BL565
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Somme Estuary -   France
Phase: En route
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Destination airport:
On 2 January 1944 bad weather over England grounded Allied bombers and activity was reduced to two Mosquito raids on Noball targets and to Rhubarb operations by Typhoons and Spitfires.

In the afternoon, a small flight of the Belgian 349 Sqn RAF was flying such a Rhubarb op. when it was intercepted by a Fw 190 flown by Fw Gerd Wiegand of 4./JG 26, who shot down at 1630 hrs into the Somme Estuary the Spitfire Vb BL565 -E of Flt Sgt Albert E Van Den Broeck, who was killed. It was Wiegand’s 12th victory.


"The JG 26 War Diary. Volume Two 1943-1945", by Donald Caldwell. ISBN 1-898697-86-8
"The Fighter Command War Diaries. Volume Four. July 1943 to June 1944", by John Foreman. ISBN 1-871187-43-5
"Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 3: 1944-1945", by Norman L R Franks. ISBN 1-85780-093-1
Luftwaffe claim lists by Tony Wood and Jim Perry (

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04-Jan-2017 15:42 Laurent Rizzotti Added
13-Jan-2018 08:01 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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