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Spitfire Revisited

Old 25th Jan 2019, 16:08
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Spitfire Revisited

I started a thread here some years ago about an alleged American or Canadian Spitfire pilot who visited our town in the Scottish Borders several years running to visit the location of a crash or forced landing he had during the war. It raised some great discussion and involved a lot of research, but hit brick walls every time. There was an element if mystery about it. No one could really make a proper connection between a US Pilot and a UK Spitfire.

The basic story can be found here on the first post Spitfire crash landing in Scotland WW11
A couple of days ago, someone sent me a link to this YouTube video which puts both elements together US pilot and Spitfire.
It set me wondering all over again.

A possibility, or barking up the wrong tree ?


Any input would of course be welcome !

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Old 26th Jan 2019, 00:39
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No one could really make a proper connection between a US Pilot and a UK Spitfire
The Spitfire was widely used by the USAAF. From Wiki.Photo Recce Groups

Alongside American-built F-5 Lightning and F-6 Mustang reconnaissance planes some Spitfire PR.XI planes were operated in Europe and the Mediterranean.United States Navy
  • Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7)
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 10:58
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Appreciate your input megan, but the essence of tale is that despite some extensive digging by some serious people, little was uncovered.
I simply wondered if perhaps Harold A Raasch was piloting an American "flagged" reconnaissance Spitfire, then the information on him might not be so readily available.
An aircraft did crash at the exact location in the exact circumstances and the pilot suffered only minor scrapes .
The aircraft was quickly recovered in the exact manner that was suggested here on PPRuNe. Local witnesses describe the pilot as possibly Norwegian and the aircraft as possibly a Hurricane. The witnesses are now very elderly !

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Old 26th Jan 2019, 13:23
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Have you tried registering and asking on the flypast forums, I ask this as one of the worlds most renowned spitfire historians frequents the historical section.
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Thanks NutLoose.
Will Do !
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