Appendix 5 - 1 Fighter Wing losses to enemy action
Note: In order to emphasise the analytical pattern, this table includes cases where Spitfires were not lost to gunfire but to CSU failure while evading a bounce (Varney & Richardson), cases where the Spitfire was not destroyed but merely belly-landed and repaired (Mawer and Clark), and one case where the Spitfire was not shot down but manoeuvred into the ground (Little). Lloyd & MacDonald could arguably be included in the dogfight column as they were hit while attempting to flee a dogfight. On that basis, seven Spitfires maximum were lost because of dogfighting.
|Date||Surprised while attacking bombers or re-positioning||Hit while dogfighting||Hit while diving away attempting to disengage from fighters||Hit by bomber return fire||Unknown|
|15-Mar||Thorold-Smith, Lloyd, Cooper, Varney|
|2-May||Gifford, Fox, Farries||Goldsmith||McNab|
|30-Jun||Harker, Laundy, Wellsman||Holmes|
|6-Jul||Wickman, Richardson, Hamilton, Robinson, McDowell||Lloyd|