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Sandy Gunn's wrecked Spitfire recovered in Norway

29 Nov 2018

Flight Lieutenant Alastair "Sandy" Gunn, while flying a specially-equipped Spitfire fighter on a photo reconnaissance mission, was shot down by two German Bf 109 fighters near Langurda, Norway on 5 Mar 1942. He bailed out, became captured, and ultimately participated in the gamed "Great Escape" out of the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III. He was recaptured and ultimately executed. The fighter, AA810, was initially located in the summer of 2017, and by the summer of 2018 researchers had completed the project. The pieces were brought back to the United Kingdom on 1 Aug 2018. The ownership of the recovered aircraft had been transferred from the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom to aviation historian Tony Hoskins, who had been leading the recovery, who had set forth the goal to restore the fighter to flight condition. AA810 represented the only surviving complete wreck belonging to any of the participants of the "Great Escape".

For more information:
Fox News: World War II fighter plane flown by 'Great Escape' pilot discovered on Norwegian mountain
WW2DB: Spitfire



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