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Re: Spitfire crash on St Margarets beach
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2018, 18:59:29 »
In 1939, Robert T D Mercer(12.6.1916) was at 41 Stone St, Broadstairs. With Father Alexander(5.6.1876), mother Ethel M(4.11.1881) & Elizabeth Horrocks(8.10.1876)
Robert was an Insurance Clerk, Alexander a Retired Surgeon. Ethel Home Duties Unpaid, and Elizabeth a Domestic Servant.
A note shows Robert “Auxiliary RAF”

He was stationed at RAF Hawkinge.
Robert buried 16.5.1941, Hawkinge, Plot O. Row 2. Grave 42. a wooden cross erected by CWGC 25.7.1941, since replaced by proper headstone, with inscription
“God must have a beautiful garden, as he always picks the best”


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Re: Spitfire crash on St Margarets beach
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2018, 22:59:56 »
Spitfire Mk lla. Serial No. P7305.
Pilot. Sergeant Robert T D Mercer of No. 609 Squadron RAF based at RAF Biggin Hill.
On the 9th May 1941 a group of six Spitfire's, three each from Nos 609 and 92 squadrons RAF were on a channel patrol when they were attacked by Messerschmitt Bf 109F's of Jagdgeschwader 53. Sgt Mercer's Spitfire was damaged and he attempted a forced-landing at St Margaret's Bay. Unfortunately the Spitfire hit a landmine which destroyed the aircraft and killed the pilot.

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Sergeant Robert Turner Deighton Mercer RAFVR. Service Number 748316.
Born 12th June 1916. Son of Alexander and Ethel Maude Mercer of Broadstairs.
Buried Hawkinge Cemetery. Plot O. Row 2. Grave 42,


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Spitfire crash on St Margarets beach
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 22:18:47 »
Anyone know of information on the Spitfire crash on the beach at St Margarets Bay? It is located to the east just passed the houses and could be seen only at low tide. The whole engine block was sitting there along with parts of the framework. I took the tail wheel bracket off it, this was around 1966 and took it with me to the Art School at Folkestone I was attending at the time and left it there over the summer holiday period. During that holiday period I visited the IWM in London, told them about my find and they were very interested in me forwarding it on to them.....only to discover, when I returned to Art School, that Mr Shilson, the school caretaker, had chucked 'that piece of metal' as he called it, out.
The exact tailwheel bracket minus the wheel I saw recently at the very good Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge


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