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Info on a World War II plane crash - posted by John Parnell
I am doing research on the circumstances surrounding the death of Wing Commander John S. Dewar of 213 Squadron based at Tangmere during the Battle of Britain. W/Cdr Dewar left Exeter on 12th September 1940 in Hurricane V7306 on what should have been a routine flight to Tangmere. He never arrived, and his body was washed ashore at Kingston Gorse on 30th September. Considering most of his planned route was over dry land, what was he doing flying over the English Channel? If he engaged enemy aircraft, why was no radio call ever received? His body was said to have been "riddled with bullets" but no-one has reported whether they were from enemy or friendly fire or whether he had managed to take to his parachute at the time. Any information would be most welcome. W/Cdr Dewar was the highest ranking officer to be killed during the Battle of Britain. He was a highly skilled pilot with many "kills" to his name. If you can help I would be most appreciative.

John Parnell
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