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Spitfire Crash site Rusthall, Kent

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#1 Roland2937



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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:52 PM


I hope this is the correct forum for my request.

I am looking for any information concerning the crash of a spitfire close by Rusthall primary school in Kent which occured during the 1940's.
I am sorry but I cannot provide any more detail than that.



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Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:08 PM

Welcome to the forums, Roland. I can only suggest you try the following websites-
The Airfield Information Exchange - AiX ARG



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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:06 PM

A quick Google came up with a Mosquito....?
S/Ldr. Dart DFC ex 204 Sunderlands was killed flying a 703 Naval Air Squadron Mosquito. The following details from Colin Cummings' 'The Price of Peace':

21/3/46 - Mosquito XXXIII, TW235 of 703 Naval Air Squadron crashed at Rust Hall, Kent. Sqd/Ldr Kenneth Charles Daymond Dart DFC 42397 RAFVR. Lost control of the aircraft during low level aerobatics and the Mosquito dived into the ground. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

Otherwise looks as if you need to do a bit more research to pin down date etc...
Of course, W/C Bob Doe, DFC and bar, had his home there, not getting confused about that?

#4 Roland2937



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:28 AM

Thank you for the information. My two witnesses were young children at the time and the dates they gave me were quite different. However, 1946 fits with one of them so it is probable that they were mistaken and it was a mosquito and not a spitfie.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:28 AM

I'm glad you got your info...as an aside, it just shows again that every crashed WWII Allied aircraft was a 'Spitfire' just as every downed German aircraft was - of course ;) - a 'Messerschmitt'......
"Stand by to pull me out of the seat if I get hit" - Guy Gibson

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