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Very interesting.
I would like very much to know the precise site of this crash.

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Interestring article,but maybe sounding a bit cynical the 'revealed for the first time' headline is a bit misleading, but I guess makes for a better news story. 

The aircraft was, P7823,from 504 Squadron (Ballyhalbert) Crashed 7/1/42, Pilot P/O WB McManus age 27 from Ontario burried at Ballycranbeg RC graveyard.
Aircraft was returning from St Angelo whern the accident happened, and it was probably the first Spitfire lost through an accident in Northern Ireland during WW2.

Did any aircraft crashes received 'media coverage' during the war? Media being, the wireless and newspapers. 

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Re: Secret of Spitfire crash near Derrymacash revealed for first time
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2016, 09:25:18 AM »
Very interesting piece of history and it's nice to see the memory being kept alive.  Was there also rumours of aircraft being lost in Lough Neagh during the war?

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Re: Secret of Spitfire crash near Derrymacash revealed for first time
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2016, 09:54:31 AM »
Interestring article,but maybe sounding a bit cynical the 'revealed for the first time' headline is a bit misleading, but I guess makes for a better news story. 
Definitely misleading as I've known about it for years.

Interesting site this. Unfortunately only catalogues aircraft that came down in the South.
http://www.csn.ul.ie/~dan/war/crashes.htm

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Re: Secret of Spitfire crash near Derrymacash revealed for first time
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2016, 11:22:10 AM »
Very interesting piece of history and it's nice to see the memory being kept alive.  Was there also rumours of aircraft being lost in Lough Neagh during the war?

They're documented and have been covered in the past in articles in the UAS magazine.
All were subsequently salvaged

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Re: Secret of Spitfire crash near Derrymacash revealed for first time
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2016, 11:41:01 AM »
Thanks Dr Draken going to look out for those articles, apparently Lough Erne holds a few gems also with a number of Catalonias and Sunderlands.

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Re: Secret of Spitfire crash near Derrymacash revealed for first time
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2016, 10:58:44 AM »
Thanks Dr Draken going to look out for those articles, apparently Lough Erne holds a few gems also with a number of Catalonias and Sunderlands.
Hi. About ten years ago I was involved in an expedition to locate six Catalinas which were reputed to have been deliberately sunk in Lower Lough Erne at the end of WW2. We identified several anomalies on the lough bed in the correct area but due to dangerous and difficult conditions in the lough we were unable to dive on them. Specialist equipment would be needed to continue a search. What we did dive on was the wreck of a Sunderland which ran onto rocks and broke up and a re-arming pier near Killadeas, where we found numerous aircraft parts plus many bombs and rounds of ammunition.