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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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16.05.1942 No. 58 O.T.U. Spitfire IIa P7675 Sgt. Bushell

Operation: Training

Date: 16th May 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 58 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Spitfire IIa

Serial: P7675

Base: R.A.F. Grangemouth, Scotland.

Location: Thornhill, Sterling, Scotland

Pilot: Sgt Kenneth Bushell R/92018 R.C.A.F. Age 23. Killed


During training the Spitfire dived into the ground at Thornhill, Sterling – cause unknown.



58 O.T.U. Course 20/Squad 1: Front row: Sgt. Pawlowski, F/O. Wyanaowski, P/O. Powierza, P/O. O’Brien, F/O. Zegallo, F/O. Kolanko, Sgt. Barnes, Sgt. Dowding – Centre row: Sgt. Malec, Sgt. Blore, Sgt. Bassett, Sgt. Bushell, Sgt. Clymer, Sgt. Gray, Sgt. Hawkey – Back row: Sgt. Idrjan, Sgt. Caldecott, Sgt. Mikusek, Sgt. Haynes, Sgt. Bell, Sgt. Nahlik.

Note: Spitfire P7675 was built at the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory and powered by the R.R. Merlin XII Engine.

Burial Details:

Sgt Kenneth Bushell. Grangemouth Cemetery. Sec. 1. Grave 32. Son of Isaac and Florence Bushell, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thank for further information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Les Allison and Harry Hayward – ‘They Shall Grow Not Old’, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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