Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB JR439 of No.440 Squadron crashed on Dunharberry in Dumfries & Galloway on the 18th March 1944
|Kenneth Osborne Mitchell||Pilot Officer RCAF||Pilot||Killed|
On the 18th March 1944 No.440 and No.439 Squadrons of the Royal Canadian Air Force were being moved from RAF Ayr to RAF Hurn, Bournemouth, via RAF Woodvale in Lancashire. Together the two Squadrons were flying a mixture of Typhoons and Hurricanes for offensive operations over France in the run up to the D-Day landings. While on the first leg of the flight to Woodvale P/O Mitchell in Typhoon JR439 lost control of the aircraft which dived into the ground close to the then active Dumfries to Stranraer railway line just to the west of the now demolished Little Water of Fleet viaduct and Loch Skerrow. It was however the following day before the wreck was found and confirmed to be that of the missing Typhoon.
At a similar time to this crash a Hurricane Mk.IV of No.439 Squadron, LD594, dived into the ground further north close to Loch Doon.