Incident Supermarine Spitfire Mk I N3120, 18 Feb 1940
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139940
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:266 (Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (266 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3120
MSN: 391
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Littleport, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Structural failure.
Broke up without warning at 18,000 feet while on test flight to high altitude.
The pilot, F/Lt Ian Gleed was rendered unconscious in the incident, but fell clear of the plane and coming to, was able to activate his parachute and save himself.
F/Lt Gleed was hospitalised for three weeks and did not regain full flying status until 14/5/40.


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