Spitfire Vb W3830 of 234 Squadron from RAF Warmwell in Dorset was on a shipping reconnaissance mission in the late afternoon on 2nd November 1941. During an attack on a wireless station in Northern France, he developed engine trouble and crash landed on Longis Common in Alderney. The pilot, an American, was P/O Bernard William Meyer.
The engine was ripped out of the air frame because he landed in a nose down position. He was wounded, but treated by a German doctor in hospital. The Spitfire was recovered and shipped to France by boat from Braye Harbour, and Meyer eventually ended up in Stalag Luft III
Location: Longis Common Alderney
Photographer: Image courtesy of Tim Osborne