05.03.1942 No. 1 PRU Spitfire PR.ID AA810 Fl/Lt. Gunn MiD
Date: 05th March 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
Type: Spitfire PR.ID
Base: RAF Wick, Scotland
Location: Mountains, Surnadal, Norway
Pilot: Fl/Lt Alistair Donald Mackintosh Gunn MiD. 60340 RAFVR Age 22. PoW No details
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 08:07 hrs German naval anchorages on the Norwegian coastline near Trondheim, Norway.
He was shot down by two Messerschmitt Bf 109s from Jagdgruppe Losigkeit, flown by Lt. Heinz Knoke and Dieter Gerhard. Gunn bailed out before his Spitfire crashed near Langurda, Surnadal, Norway, and was made a prisoner of war.
One of the 'fifty' murdered by the Gestapo following the escape from Stalag Luft Sagan. Thought to have taken place near Görlitz on the 06th April 1944. Despite many enquiries post war, no one was found in order to answer to this war crime.
In 2018 this Spitfire was recovered from a bog and efforts are being made to restore it. Please visit 'Spitfire AA810' to find out more, follow the progress and perhaps offer your support.
Fl/Lt Alistair Donald Mackintosh Gunn. Poznam Old Garrison Cemetery. Grave 8.D.7. Born on the 27th September 1917 at Auchterarder, the son of James Turner Gunn, F.R.C.S., M.B., Ch.B., and Adelaide Lucy Frances Gunn, of Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland. Completed 32 operational sorties. Enlisted on the 22nd February 1940,entering active service on the 22nd June 1940. Mentioned in Despatches on 5 June 1942 for service as pilot officer. Second Mentioned in Despatches for conspicuous gallantry as a prisoner of war. Grave inscription: 'May He Rest In Thy Peace And Awake To A Joyful Resurrection'.
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