This is a Fuel Pipe Connector from the hart of the Merlin engine it has been nicely cleaned so it is perfect for display and it has been mounted in to a glass fronted box frame with plane and crash information and pictures the frame is 11 inches by 9 inches in size.The part comes from RAF Spitfire number P7431 of 74 squadron was shot down on the 22nd October 1940 and crashed at South Nutfield and there is not that much about from this Spitfire. A very nice rare condition part from the famous battle of Britain and RAF Spitfire already to hang on the wall or stand on display.
Peter Cape Beauchamp St.John joined the RAF on a short service commission in September 1937. St John was posted to 3 flight training school South Cerney on 11th December and joined 87 Squadron at Debden on 9th July 1938. He arrived at 5 operation flight training Aston Down on 23rd March 1940 to convert to Spitfires and was then posted to 74 Squadron at Hornchurch on 20th April. Over Dunkirk on the 27th May he shared in destroying a Dornier17. On the 10th July St. John possibly destroyed a Messerschmitt 109 and damaged another, on the 28th he claimed a Messerschmitt 109 destroyed, on the 11th September a Heinkel 111 destroyed and on 17th October another Messerschmitt 109.He was shot down and killed in combat with Messerschmitt 109's and crashed at South Nutfield, Surrey. St John was 23, he is buried in St Mary's churchyard, Amersham.
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