The spitfire was in combat during an attack on enemy bombers. When he was shot down. John William Broadhurst bailed out but fell dead at Longhurst. His Spitfire crashed and burned out at Baileys Reed Farm, Hurst Green, Salehurst. He was posted to 222 Squadron at its reformation at Duxford on October 5th 1939. Initially equipped with Blenheim’s, the squadron received Spitfires in March 1940. On May 29th, after a patrol over Dunkirk, Broadhurst failed to find Hornchurch in bad visibility, ran out of fuel and crash-landed. On August 31st Broadhurst claimed a Messerschmitt 109 destroyed, on September 4th a Messerschmitt 109 and two more on the 7th and 27th of September. John William Broadhurst was 23 years old he is buried in Hornchurch Cemetery, Essex. Below photo J.Broadhurst in his Spitfire taken some tine in early 1940.
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