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Date:08-MAY-1948
Time:15:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV
Owner/operator:611 (West Lancashire) Squadron Royal Air Force (611 (West Lancashire) Sqn RAF)
Registration: RN210
C/n / msn: 6S.663426
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Grange Farm, Lower Lane, Freckleton Marsh, Preston, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Woodvale, Lancashire
Destination airport:RAF Woodvale, Lancashire
Narrative:
RN210: Spitfire Mk. XIV. Delivered to the RAF 39 MU 20-2-45. Issued to 41 Squadron 22-3-45. Cat AC damaged on operations 25-4-45.This resulted in the aircraft being returned to 409 Repair and Servicing Unit, from where it went on to Air Service Training duties by the end of May 1945. To Fighter Leaders Squadron CFE (Central Flying Establishment) 26-9-46. To 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron 23-8-47

Spitfire RN210 took off at about 15:00 hours on Saturday the 8th of May, 1948, accompanied by another Spitfire. The two aircraft were to carry out a practice high altitude climb. At 21,000 feet over the Ribble Estuary the second pilot asked his leader, Flying-Officer Griffiths, how much higher he intended to climb. F/O Griffiths replied that he was checking his oxygen supply, but gave no indication that anything was other than normal.

Moments later F/O Griffith's Spitfire began to rock laterally, and then fell away into a spiral dive.The pilot did not respond to radio calls and the aircraft crashed in a marshy area near Grange Farm, Lower Lane, Freckleton Marsh, Preston, Lancashire, and exploded.

The pilot, Flying-Officer R.H.P. Griffiths, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, was killed. Buried St Peters Churchyard, Formby, Merseyside R.I.P.

In 2007, the Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team (LAIT) staged an archeological "dig", and recovered substantial pieces of the wreckage, including the Rolls Royce Griffon engine, a fairly intact Hispano 20mm cannon, a .50 caliber Browning machine gun and the undercarriage legs from a depth of 15 feet. Also, as a result of the 2007 "dig", some of the pilots personal effects were recovered, and eventually returned to his widow, who was still alive and living in Scotland.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. http://laituk.org/Spitfire%20RN210%20article.htm
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p097.html
4. http://www.611squadronrauxaf.co.uk/history/Roll.html
5. http://www.south-lancs-aviation.bravepages.com/Woodvale%20Incidents.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Sep-2011 02:58 angels one five Added
27-Dec-2011 03:02 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 15:42 Nepa Updated [Operator]
12-Dec-2014 21:31 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Narrative]
27-Mar-2015 18:04 Jixn Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport]
18-Nov-2019 17:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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