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'Seconds Later My Engine Exploded' - Spitfire Mk.V - R.A 'Bob' Hoover is Shot Down - 9 February 1944 - by Colin E. Bowley

'Seconds Later My Engine Exploded'

R.A 'Bob' Hoover is Shot Down - 9 February 1944

- by Colin E. Bowley

Flying from their new base in Calvi, Corsica, the four Spitfires of Bob Hoover's formation had attacked the enemy along the coast of France and Italy between Cannes and Genoa.

While returning to base and just off the coast near Nice they were intercepted by four Focke-Wulf 190s.

Bob was unable to jettison his long-range fuel tank due to a mechanical malfunction so the speed and performance of his Mk.V Spitfire was seriously degraded. He was however able to get some hits on the FW-190's before he was shot down at about 1500 hours.

Bob was injured but able to get out of his aircraft and parachute into the sea, where he was picked up a few hours later by the Germans and so became a Prisoner-of-War.

15 x 24 inches Acrylic

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