On 26 May 1940 the RAF sent all available aircraft to protect the Dunkirk evacuations. S/L Stephenson led his squadron on a patrol over the beaches when he was shot down. N3200 lay buried in the sands near Sangatte for over 50 years.
In July 2015, the Kaplan family donated Spitfire Ia N3200 to the Imperial War Museum. On the 26th of May, 1940, when the 19 Squadron aircraft crash landed on the beach near Sangatte, France, no individual letter had been applied.
On the 24th May, 1940, P/O Pete Cazenove of 92 Squadron made a wheels-up landing on the beach near Calais, France. Forty years later, the Spitfire was recovered and restored to her former glory by Historic Flying Ltd. at Duxford, flying again in 2011.
S/L Geoffrey D. Stephenson, CO of 19 Squadron, belly-landed N3200 on the beach near Sangatte, France, on 26 May, 1940. The wreck was recovered in 1986 and rebuilt by Historic Flying Ltd. N3200 took to the Duxford skies again on 26 March, 2014.