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  Spitfire Mark Vc Serial Number A58-22 Code K
54 Squadron

Former assignments
1 AD
1 FW

Pilot  Sgt P. D. Tully, 404998 (slightly wounded)
Crash Landed  February 21, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Supermarine. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number BR386. Disassembled and loaded aboard SS Sterling Castle as cargo and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
On August 25, 1942 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Spitfire A58-22. On August 14, 1942 reassembled by 1 Air Depot (1 AD).

On September 4, 1942 assigned to Royal Air Force (RAF) Fighter Training Wing at Richmond Airfield. On September 26, 1942 assigned to 452 Squadron. Coded "K".

Mission History
On February 21, 1943 took off piloted by Tully. While flying at 28,000', this Spitfire's engine cut out and would not restart. Tully attempted to force land at Strauss Airfield but misjudged his approach at 600' and landed in trees on boundary of the airfield at a right angle. Pilot Tully was slightly injured with abrasions and shock. On February 24, 1943 assigned to 7 Repair Salvage Unit (7 RSU). On March 26, 1943 approved for conversion to components.

Bob Alford adds:
"I've never been able to locate Tully's aircraft so I'd suspect 7 RSU would have salvaged it."

ADF Serials - Spitfire A58-22
Thanks to Bob Alford for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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