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SPITFIRE IX EN 570 FY-J, SQUADRON 611 FROM INVESTIGATION TO EXCAVATION

By Pierre BEN

I was contacted in June 2013 by the gardener of the Occoches's castle, following an article in the press about the arrival of Piotr Kuryllowicz, pilot of the Spitfire crashed at Occoches. The latter had found aluminum around a small crater in the wood of Robermont, near the Villa Marguerite, wood adjoining the forest of Lucheux. Of course, for more than a decade, this plane crash has been mentionned in our archives, but it's almost impossible to find debris in a forest, according to the size of the area.
With Mr Pruvost's clues, the search was going to be much simpler. So in June 2013 we went there and indeed the crater was still visible, although partially closed with debris of plants spilled by a cereal trader from Lucheux . Moreover, these debris gave off a very nauseating odor during the excavation and barely bearable!
After having obtained the necessary authorizations, the excavation took place on July 10th.

Our crane operator, Gerald Frion, after giving some shots of buckets, reassembled relatively well preserved aluminum structural parts, fuselage sheet, tubes of the engine mount, the intercooler radiator in good condition, the shielding plate of the glycol radiator and the magnificent Merlin 66 Rolls Royce. Then he cleared the complete propeller hub with the propeller pitch control mechanism again with its original oil !!! No spare part had burned. Only the bottom sump of the engine was damaged, the Spitfire had hit a big tree during the crash. The upper part was absolutely intact, moreover, during the cleaning, we unbolted the rocker covers to present the tumbler always in new condition.

THE MISSION REPORT SQUADRON 611 JUNE 11, 1943


By JP Ducellier

Le Squadron 611

Twelve  "Spitfire" IX :

W/Cdr A.C. Deere "Spitfire" IX # EN 568. Green 1
F/Lt F. Colloredo MansfeId.“Spitfire" IX # EN 573. White 1.
F/Lt J.M. Checketts. “Spitfire” IX FY © H. Black 1.
F/Lt H.A.S. Johnston "Spitfire" IX # EN 576. Green 3.
FlI_t Fi. F. Luness "Spitfire" IX FY @ P. Green 2.
F/O J.H. Devlin “Spitfire” IX # EN 529. White 2.
F/O J. Garden "Spitfire" IX # JK 860. White 3.
F/O K Branson "Spitfire" IX FY © A. Black 2.
F/O. G.FI.Lindsay. "Spitfire" IX # EN 570. FY © J, B/ack3 .
Lt J. lvedte "Spitfire" IX # LK 979. White 4.
Sgt G. Claydon "Spitfire" IX # EN 564. Green 4.
Sgt K.J. King "Spitfire" IX _ FY © K. Black 4.

Beautiful sun. At 15:58 the Wing took off for Rodeo 229 ... We flew to Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise at 7800 meters above sea level and just before we got over this town in the Pas-de-Calais we saw 13 FW 190 flying south at 6900 meters altitude in formation, well aligned, each plane being 50 meters from each other. The Squadron will then immediately turn to his right by diving to these enemy planes to attack them. These FW 190s saw our Squadron's planes at this time, and as F / Lt Checketts, who was closest to the Huns*, began their attack, these Huns escaped to their right. After a complete turn the enemy planes passed on their backs and dived vertically to disappear in the thick fog that was at 4500 meters. The F / Lt Checketts will be the only pilot able to open fire to one of these planes. He will claim this destroyed enemy plane. W / Cdr Deere was ready to shoot when he saw a "Spitfire" which he later identified as Black 4 appearing through his section and thus disrupting the attack Black 3, F / O Gordon R. Lindsay had just been seen diving to the ground with 8 FW 190s behind his tail, and he will not be returning to the base, the Squadron lost one of its oldest and most popular pilots. The remainder of the Squadron reformed, resumed rapidly from altitude and left France above Berck at 5400 meters before landing at 17:17 on the base.

* Huns. In French in the English text.

The RODEO mission 229, 11 JUNE 1943

By JP Ducellier

Friday, June 11, 1943, 3:48 pm ... Rodeo 229 began .... 4  "Spitfire" Wings lX of the RAF will be ordered to each perform a sweep 5 minutes apart on the North of France and in particular on the Pas-de-Calais.

24 Spitfire IX Squadron 341 and 611 will perform a Sweep Cayeux to Abbeville and Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise where planes will engage 13 FW190, claiming the destruction of one of these FW 190 for the loss of one of their "Spitfire" IX.
These "Focke Wull" FW 190s are actually part of the JG 26 and we now know that this German formation will not actually lose any of its aircraft during these fights.

_ 24 "Spitfire" IX Squadrons 403 and 421 (HCAF) will perform a Sweep Cayeux to Abbeville and Foix where a group of more than 15 "Messerschmitt" Bf 109 will be sighted and engaged, one being claimed destroyed and a second damaged by the pilots of Squadron 421.

- 24 "Spitfire" IX of the Squadrons 303 + 316 will take a sweep to Le Tréport and then under the control of Appledore, will go to Amiens where 20 to 25 "Messerchmitt" Bf 109 will be pursued to the north of Beauvais. attacked from above and from the back by other Bf 109. One of these Bf 109 being claimed destroyed.


- 24 "Spitfire" IX Squadrons 331 and 332 will perform a sweep from Sangatte to Doullens. Above the Bay of Somme 4 FW 190 will be sighted but will not be able to be engaged.

On June 11, 1943, the "Spitfires" IX of the RAF Fighter Command  carried out 4 rodeos over the Somme and Pas-de-Calais between 16h00 and 17h30.
- The Gruppe ll of the JG 26 will take off twice.

At the first exit no contact will take place but at the second exit a "Spitfire" IX Squadron 611 of the RAF will be shot down in air combat above southwest of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, "Spitfire IX # EN 570 (FY © J) crashing into the Robermont woods at Lucheux resulting in the death of pilot F / O Gordon Rowland Linsdsay.
Certainly, we lack details, but it seems legitimate to think that the F / O Gordon Rowland Lindsay has like his comrades wanted to attack these FW 190 Gruppe ll of the JG 26 seen below the British formation but that the FW 190 Escaping to the side, the British pilot was quickly chased by the FW19O, which he had just attacked without success, before finally being shot down by one of them. The Obfw Glunz of 4 / JG 26 of Gruppe Il will claim the destruction of this "Spitfire" IX north of Doullens at 16:42. It was his 33rd win. He was flying on FW 190 A4 or A5.

Discovery of the engine

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Discovery of the engine

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Ghislain the meticulous

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1st spare parts reassembled

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Evacuation of vegetal wastes

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Beginning of search

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Ghislain leading the opération

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Crash site

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Jacky and the hub

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Rotol hub

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Arrival at the farm

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Aurélien Ménochet at cleaning

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Carter Intercooler

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Intercooler

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Merlin 66

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Bernard BEN at assembly

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Merlin 66

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Merlin 66

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Intercooler + Merlin 66

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Merlin 66 with its complete Rotol hub

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Intercooler + hub cleaned

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Shield plate of the glycol tank

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Doc et Smithy ecstatic facing the engine

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Gendarmerie report

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Inside fuselage

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Fuselage left side

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Fuselage left side

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Fuselage right side

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Jean Michel Goyat, Pierre Ben and Steve Vizard

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Pierre aside the fuselage

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A band of pals satisfied with the work they have done : Jacky, Pierre,Aurélien,Jean Michel

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Raising of Merlin 66

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Raising of Merlin 66

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First exhibition of the engine

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Spare parts

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RECONSTRUCTION OF SPITFIRE AT AIRFRAME ASSEMBLIES

By Pierre Ben

A significant amount of structural fuselage and engine mount parts were passed on to Steve Vizard, manager of Airframes Assemblies based on the Isle of Wight, to prove the Spitfire's identity. The EN 570 is currently being rebuilt in TR 9 version  that is to say two-seater, it will be equipped with a low rear canopy type "Grace". The project is well advanced in early 2018, indeed the fuselage is almost completed. He will fly to Norway on behalf of "Norvegian Flying Aces", his civil registration will be LN-AOA, obviously the serial number EN 570 will never change.
Texts by  Pierre Ben an JP Ducellier  - layout Michel Lespagnol

Spitfire LF IX serial EN 570, FY-J

JP Touzeau & Pierre BEN

Coming from an order for 300 Spitfire Mk V passed on August 23, 1941, the Spitfire EN 570 c / n ° 4181 is finally sent to the Hucknall Rolls Royce factory to be upgraded to the Mk IX standard, including the installation of a Merlin 66 with double stage compressor. No less than 4008 Spitfire LF Mk IX were assembled with this engine model, one of the peculiarities of which was the introduction of the American Bendix-Stromberg anti-G carburetors, which allowed negative G maneuvers at low altitude, hence the letters LF (Low Fighter) His first flight was made on April 3, 1943, the EN570 is sent 5 days later to the 15 th Maintenance Unit, then on April 21 he joined the 76 th Maintenance Unit before going on May 15, 1943 at Biggin Hill Squadron 611, where he collects FY-J codes. The EN 570 was credited with two victories with F / Lt Vernon A. Lancaster, May 17, 1943 on a Messerscmitt Bf 109 and May 30 on a Fock-Wulf 190. He remained in the Squadron operational only 27 days.

The Spitfire pilot LF Mk IX, EN 570, Squadron 611

By Pierre BEN

Flight Lieutenant Gordon Rowland LINDSAY died in the crash when he was 24 years old. He was the son of Arthur and Doris Lindsay of Whestone in Middlesex, England. He is buried at Saint Pierre cemetery in Amiens, row 1, grave n ° 13.



THE MISSION REPORT 341 SQUADRON "ALSACE" FAFL (French Free Squadron), JUNE 11, 1943

By JP Ducellier

French Squadron
Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres
12 “Spitfire” IX
S/Ldr Mouchotte 16h00-17h15.
P/O Farman 16h00-16h40.
Sgt Mathey 16h00-17h15.
P/O Mailfert 16h00-17h15.
F/Lt Martel! 16h00›17h15.* .
P/O Laurent 16h00-17h15.
F/O ROSS 16h00-17h15.
Sgt Remlinger 16h00-17h15. ,
F/Lt Boudier 16h00-17h15.
FlSgt Leguire 16h00-17h15.
P/O Bouguen 16h00-17h15.
FlO Girardon 16h00-17h15.

The 12 "Spitfire" IX led by Commander Mouchotte, who was also the leader of the Biggin Hill Wing with Captain Martel , and Captain Boudier at the head of the yellow and blue sections, will take off from Biggin Hill at 4:00 pm to proceed in slight ascencion. to Cayeux, Arrived at Cayeux at 4:25 pm, at 7200 meters of altitude, the hunters of these Free French Forces of the RAF will head south of Abbeville, then turn to the left and take a 60 ° heading towards Saint-Pol. -sur Ternoise.

A few seconds later, Squadron 611 will see 12 Boches* heading south below themselves. Squadron 611 will then turn to the right while Squadron 341 will turn to the left, both formations diving to attack these enemy planes. At this moment the Wing will be separated. Squadron 611, however, will quickly resume altitude again, the 341 Squadron  aircrafts following them and then taking the direction of the outbound return of France over Berck at 5400 meters. Arrived midway over the English Channel Control will report that 12 Boches* were heading north and were 25 miles west of Le Touquet. Squadron 341 (FAFL) will turn around but not seeing anyone; will return to England and fly over Hastings at 2100 meters altitude, arriving above the base at 17.15. Red 2 - S / Lt Farman had made a half-turn prematurely with his oil pressure that had dropped very dangerously. It was beautiful over the Channel with clear skies.


Clouds of 6/10 were at 2400 meters above sea level and there was a bit of fog over France.

*Boches: in French in the English text

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Engine mount fitting

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