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SERIAL VARIANT SQUADRON ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
? 09.05.42 Crashed in the sea after take-off form the USS Wasp.
? 09.05.42 Crashed in the sea after take-off form the USS Wasp.
? 09.05.42 Took-off form the USS Wasp, but for some reason ended up landing in north Africa.
BR308 416 03.06.42 Aircraft was on a delivery flight from Gibraltar but went missing after passing Pantalleria. Possibly shot down by enemy fighters. Pilot missing, believed dead.
BR313 277 03.06.42 Aircraft was on a delivery flight from Gibraltar but went missing after passing Pantalleria. Possibly shot down by enemy fighters. Pilot missing, believed dead.
BR322 OADU 03.06.42 Aircraft departed from Gibraltar for Malta, but went missing after passing Pantalleria. Possibly shot down by enemy fighters.
BP348 Vc 09.05.42 Flown off aircraft carrier, landing at Hal-Far, destined for 185 squadron. As pilot was taxying in, the airfield was attacked by Me-109s shooting up the newly-arrived Spitfire. The pilot opened the throttles to take off again from the side of the runway, but hit the wall of an aircraft pen with his starboard wing, which was wrenched off. The pilot suffered what must have been severe injuries, as he died later in the evening at hospital.
BR358 OADU 03.06.42 Aircraft departed Gibraltar for Malta, but never arrived. Presumed missing between Pantalleria and Malta.
EP378 Vb 21.07.42 Pilot had taken off from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier on a delivery flight to Malta. He reported that he was experiencing problems with the auxiliary fuel tank. Pilot was ordered to abandon the aircraft by parachute, and not try to land back on the carrier. The aircraft was, however, seen to crash into the sea, but no parachute. The pilot’s body was later recovered by a destroyer.
?   17.08.42   32 Spitfires were flown HMS Furious. One failed to take-off, two pilots were forced to bale out, and two aircraft crashed at Malta.
        
 
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