Spitfire V BL585 – Aspull, Wigan, 13th February 1942
A Talk by Nick Wotherspoon of Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team.

The fate of a 308 Squadron Spitfire from the RAF Woodvale, had for many years posed something of a mystery to Aviation Archaeology enthusiasts in the North West.

Although the loss of this machine was clearly recorded in the Squadron’s Operational Record Book (ORB), no location was given and as usual, there was no Form 1180 available that might give further information. In fact, the mysterious loss from the records of almost all the Form 1180s relating to incidents involving Spitfire V aircraft in the North West, has for many years made research more than a little difficult in our area.

However the ORB entry was quite detailed, noting that the pilot “bailed out” during a practice dogfight and as much of this activity from Woodvale was known to have been carried out over the sea, many enthusiasts simply concluded that this is where BL585 had ended up. However never being one to completely write off any lead, without some form of proof, the details of BL585 joined the list at the back of my file in the hope that sometime in the future further information may come to light.

It was to be several years later, whilst researching the loss of a B-24 Liberator 42-7467 which crashed at Aspull near Wigan, that the missing piece of the BL585 puzzle not only came to light, but proved that there was a very good chance that the remains of this aircraft still lay where it had crashed!

This talk will look at the background to this story and the subsequent recovery of the missing aircraft in September 2005.

Ancient Worlds Talks

The Ancient Worlds evening talks take place on the first Wednesday of every month and are a brilliant way to delve deeper into our exhibitions programme. The talks are delivered by a wide range experts and offer insight into their field.

Evening talks are for members of The Atkinson Development Trust, however non-members are welcome for a fee of £5.
Children under 16 go free (must be accompanied by and adult). Students go free (must show their student card).

See the full talks programme here.

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The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity (no: 1161020) whose vision is to develop The Atkinson as a centre for communities to enjoy art and learn together.

There are many ways you can support, including becoming a member, sponsoring a seat and donating.

The support that we receive from a wide range of donations and grants plays a vital role in enabling The Atkinson to enhance our visitors experience and tell the story of Sefton.


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