Spitfire Shooting Down Me109- Must See RARE Actual 1940 Footage
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Real Wartime Footage?
This clip gives us a glimpse of one of the rarest pieces of the Battle of Britain ever seen. At first glance, you’d see two planes flying along the coast before one of them drops a bomb in the distant harbor. Close examination of the plane reveals that it’s a Messerschmitt 109 so the harbor appears to be on the southeast coast of England within the range of German fighters.
This footage is truly remarkable. Was this a Spitfire trying to shoot down a Me 109 during the Battle of Britain? To prove this theory, one needs to find out if any Me 109 had been shot down in Folon Harbor during the Battle.
Digging deeper, Mark Postlethwaite, aviation artist and co-founder of Wingleader, found the Spitfire’s pilot combat Iva Cosby report along and the RAF interrogation file on the German pilot Fredrich Dilthey, and the results were indeed affirmative.
It wasn’t known though whether either of them was aware of their life and death encounter had been captured on film for us to marvel at some 80 years later.