does anyone know of a spitfire crash at Broome hill farm Wychling in Kent

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  1. hawker.1966

    hawker.1966 Senior Member

    Can anyone help with any Imformation on a spitfire crash at Broom Hill farm at Wychling in Kent, as i have just received a relic board with some of the crash relics, unfortunately i have no imfo to go with the board, any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. RAFCommands

    RAFCommands Senior Member

    Google Spitfire TZ106

    Ross
     
  3. hawker.1966

    hawker.1966 Senior Member

    will do cheers
     
  4. pjaandrews

    pjaandrews Junior Member

    Can anyone help with any Imformation on a spitfire crash at Broom Hill farm at Wychling in Kent, as i have just received a relic board with some of the crash relics, unfortunately i have no imfo to go with the board, any help would be appreciated.

    I am organising a Beating of the Bounds of Wychling on 12 August and we are stopping at key places for a brief talk on points of historic interest. We pass Broomhill Farm where the Spitfire crashed and I chatted with the owner who, with his father, was first on the scene after the crash. This is what he remembered:

    "In 1946 Spitfire with NZ pilot flying from Germany to the Midlands. It was accompanied by a Hurricane which was flying to Manston but had decided to carry on with the Spitfire to aid with navigation as the weather was poor.
    As they were flying over the Downs the weather closed in and the Hurricane pilot recommended they both turned back to Manston. That was the last the Hurricane pilot heard from the Spitfire.
    Bob (about 12?) and his father were in Broomhill Farm and heard the planes followed by a crash and an explosion. They went straight to the scene where they found the Spitfire 3 parts buried in the ground and on fire, with cannon firing off. In 1946 this field was scrub woodland and the plane had crashed besides an old oak tree. Once they had determined it was safe they pulled the pilot out of the cockpit but he was dead.
    They wrapped the body in a partly burnt parachute and it was later taken to Faversham on a fire engine, after the coroner (Mr Harris) had given permission.
    There were many visits to the scene by the police and RAF and the plane was eventually removed after about two weeks."
     
  5. hawker.1966

    hawker.1966 Senior Member

    MANY THANKS pjaandrews for that very interesting reply, i once visited Broomhill farm to get a feel of the crashed Spitfire, but never asked anyone about the accident, i did hear that the weather conditions were poor.The name of the Pilot so i understand was Squadron Leader Douglas Mckenzie Davidson (D.F.C.) Service number 402321,He was in Spitfire TZ 106 on that fateful day.
    Sq/Leader Davidson enlisted into the RAF on the 19/8/40 and flew with 33,450, 65. 451 and 453 Squadrons.he was 27 when he lost his life.
    Thanks again i will add your reply with the research i have done on this Pilot.
    Regards Brad.
     

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