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The Airmen's Stories - F/O W P Sprenger


William Paterson Sprenger was born at North Bay, Ontario, Canada on 13th July 1911. He joined the RCAF on 1st October 1938 and was with No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron when it arrived in the UK on 20th June 1940.


Above: P/O BE Christmas (left) and Sprenger

On 31st August Sprenger was shot down by Me109's in combat over Cranbrook. He baled out, unhurt, and landed at Little Bay Court, Ulcombe. His Hurricane, P3858, crashed and burned out at Upper Street, Broomfield. On 27th September he made a forced-landing at Kenley after his aircraft was damaged in combat over North Kent.

Sprenger was killed on 26th November 1940 when the squadron was based at Prestwick. His Hurricane I V6746 was seen to roll and then crash at Luss on the shore of Loch Lomond during an anti-aircraft co-operation flight, cause unknown.

He is buried in Vale of Leven Cemetery, Bonhill, Dumbarton, Scotland.





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