Recently I posted a picture of an aircraft part I found on Ramgate main sands at the end of April, thanks to Elliot Smock a specialist in Second World War crashed aircraft recovery, the part was identified by the VACB stamp as a Spitfire part. VACB standing for Vickers Armstrong Castle Bromwich the manufacturers of a 1000 MK II spitfires between June 1940 to July 1941.
I have since been in contact with John Williams one of Thanet's Local History band of brothers. John is a aviation historian and has very detailed knowledge of Second World War losses and combat missions , he like myself is a member of the Margate Historical Society.
According to archive on 11th June 1941 a Spitfire MKII (P8654) of the Royal Canadian Air Force based at Biggin Hill was engaged in combat over the English Channel and was damaged as a result. At 17:05 hrs the Spitfire was reported as crashing into the Cliffs at the Eastcliff area of Ramsgate . The pilot Sgt Guy Alexander Chestnut (R/61485) of the Royal Canadian Air force was killed, he is buried at Margate Cemetery section 50 grave 15940.
The Spitfire MKII (P8654) is recorded as built by Vickers Armstrong Castle Bromwich Ltd (VACB) contract number B981687/39/C.23/C and was delivered to 609 Squadron Biggen Hill on 24th May 1941.
In all probability considering the location on the coast, where the part was found and the serial numbers the part would be considered as originating from that incident.
If any reader has any aircraft bits or believes they may have what maybe a aircraft part you wish to identify or the recorded history please contact me by email and I will forward the enquiry to Elliot or John.