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History Air Crashes of WWII

Allied - Hurricane P5208 / 5205

REF NR: 1922

The same dogfights over the Solent that brought down P3830 also claimed that of Flt. Lt. C. E. Bowen's Hurricane P5208. The Bf110s of KG55 Group had a very successful raid over Woolston and the Supermarine aircraft factory - totally destroying it. On the way back to France they tangled with Hurricanes from Middle Wallop's 238 and 697 Squadron from Tangmere. Heavily outnumbered by the hundred plus German fighters there was a total of nine allied downings. Luckily however Flt. Lt. C. E. Bowen, although flying a severely crippled aircraft, managed to successfully bail out. The Hurricane however dived headlong into the ground with severe impact at Coleman's Farm Porchfield.

 

Note: There seems to be two confusions as to which Hurricane aircraft crashed where on the 26th. Gilliam has it that Hurricane P3830 crashed at the Sun Inn, whereas Leal has Hurricane P3830 crashing at Coleman's Farm Porchfield. This brings us to issue two, as the other Hurricane was P5205 in Gilliam's records but Leal has it down as P5208. A third source of Adrian Searl has the same as Leal, being P3830 coming down at Porchfield.

 

Note: All images are merely representative of the aircraft and not specific.

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