Royal Air Force Air Historical Branch

This department of the RAF deals with enquiries about various aspects of RAF history, whether from serving and former members of the RAF, or from other interested parties, for example researchers and the next of kin of personnel killed in action. They are constrained by Data Protection legislation and other factors in deciding what is appropriate to release, and to whom. Here’s their website…

http://www.raf.mod.uk/ahb/

Some of their formerly-exclusive holdings, such as Aircraft Movement Cards (Form 78) are already released to the RAF Museum London…

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/research-enquiries.aspx

and other documents (such as Operations Record Books over a certain age for individual Squadrons) are available via the National Archives…

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/raf-operations-record-books.htm

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Supermarine Spitfire LF.IX MK365 of RCAF 421 Sqdn

The pilot RCAF J/16295 F/O John (‘Jack’) M. Calvert reportedly made an emergency landing in this airframe in the vicinity of Nijmegen on 2 Oct 1944, after it sustained damage during battle with FW190s between Arnhem and Nijmegen. He claimed one FW190 damaged and another probably destroyed, was unharmed and returned to flying straight away. The same was not true of the airframe, which allegedly was later struck off charge. Here’s a summary of the Movement Card on Avialogs…

http://www.avialogs.com/index.php/aircraft-production-data/spitfire-and-seafire/mk365.html

…and here’s a link for RCAF 421 Sqdn with a photo including Jack Calvert…

http://www3.sympatico.ca/angels_eight/421sqadn.htm

Looking for further details of the landing site, as well as anything more on the pilot or the airframe. Feel free to weigh in if you have anything relevant!