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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:234 (Madras Presidency) Squadron Royal Air Force (234 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3191
C/n / msn: 432
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ruan Lanihorne, near Truro, Cornwall, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF St Eval, Cornwall
Destination airport:RAF St Eval
At 1048 hrs on 16 January 1941 the Supermarine Spitfire Ia N3191 AZ- of 234 Squadron RAF, St Eval, lost its wings in a dive and crashed in a field near the Rectory at Ruan Lanihorne, near Truro, Cornwall. The pilot, Plt Off William Lionel Beech, was killed.

Spitfire N3191 was built to contract 527113/36 by Vickers Armstrong’s (Supermarine) Ltd at Woolston and first test flown on 23 November 1939. It was delivered to 24 MU at Ternhill on 2 December 1939 and issued to 234 Squadron at Leconfield on 22 March 1940. It sustained Cat.M/GA in an incident on 27 March 1940 on Lenconfield airfielmd and was repaired on site and returned to the unit. It then moved with the unit to Church Fenton on 22 May 1940 and again with the unit to St.Eval 12 June 1940, and again to Middle Wallop on 19 August 1940 and back to St.Eval on 11 September 1940. It was destroyed on 16 January 1941 (with Cat.W/FA damage). The wreckage was taken to AST Ltd at Hamble on 14 February 1941 for inspection to determine the cause of the accident. It was struck off charge on 23 April 1941.

"RAF Fighter Command Combat & Casualties" file, by Tony Wood (

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30-Dec-2011 05:59 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
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09-Jan-2012 06:13 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
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29-May-2013 13:47 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
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