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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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13.09.1940 No. 7 O.T.U. Spitfire I X4159 Sgt. Edgar

Operation: Training.

Date: 13th September 1940 (Friday)

Unit: No. 7 OTU

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: X4159

Code: Unknown.

Base: Hawarden.

Location: Broxton, Chester.

Pilot: Sgt. Dermot David Samuel Edgar 741642 RAFVR Age 20. Killed. 


Spitfire X4159 took off from Hawarden in company with another Spitfire on training exercise, at 14.55 hrs both aircraft began a dive from 11,000 ft.

Despite repeated attempts to make contact by accompanying pilot, Sgt. Edgar failed to respond, disappearing into cloud at 10,000 ft, structural failure occurred at low altitude below cloud, and aircraft dived into the ground. Suspected Oxygen failure.  


Sgt. Dermot Edgar and grave at Bushey Churchyard (courtesy Julia and Keld)

Burial details:

Sgt. Dermot David Samuel Edgar. Bushey (St James) Churchyard. Sec R. Grave 24. Son of Thomas John and Ethel Wilhelmina Edgar, of Oxhey, Watford, Engand.

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