Incident Supermarine Spitfire Mk I L1059,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 150413
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Date:Sunday 1 October 1939
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn RAF
Registration: L1059
MSN: 274
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
Destination airport:RAF Grangemouth
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Spitfire Mk I L1059 ("XT-N") of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, RAF; Substantially damaged 1/10/39 when landed on top of Spitfire L1047, on the runway at RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. The pilot of L1059 survived the accident, but the pilot of L1047 ("XT-M", also of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron) was killed. Spitfire L1047 was a write-off.

L1059 was sent off to AST Hamble for rebuild. It was then issued direct to 266 Squadron on 04/06/40 and did not return to 603 Squadron. It then had an Cat 2 accident 09/08/40 struck building landing at Wittering when being piloted by Sgt (563253) Arthur William Eade (pilot) RAF: OK

Sent to 1 Civilian Repair Unit (Colwey) for repair and then to 58 OTU on 29/1/41. Destroyed 14/2/41 when crashed at Hillhead Farm, Slammanan, killing the pilot, Sergeant John Tristram Silvester, aged 22. in September 2013, the wreckage of Spitfire L1059 was excavated; the largest surviving piece was the propeller (see links #3 & #4 and the twitter post below)


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. Richard Hillary: The Authorised Biography of a Second World War Fighter By David Ross

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
9 August 1940 L1059 266 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF 0 RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire, England sub
14 February 1941 L1059 58 OTU RAF 1 near farm buildings at Hillhead, Slamannan, Stirlingshire, Scotland w/o


Revision history:

28-Oct-2012 14:56 angels one five Added
06-Nov-2012 14:26 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 17:14 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature]
09-Jun-2013 10:18 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source]
29-Jul-2013 02:03 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
01-Aug-2013 20:21 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
18-Aug-2013 13:16 angels one five Updated [Location]
20-Aug-2013 23:22 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
24-Aug-2013 08:10 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
01-Oct-2013 18:07 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport]
01-Mar-2014 22:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
14-Sep-2014 22:11 angels one five Updated [Nature]
14-Sep-2014 22:11 angels one five Updated [Operator]
29-May-2015 06:36 Angel dot comma Updated [Operator, Nature]
24-Jan-2016 19:53 JIXN Updated [Cn, Operator, Narrative]
27-Mar-2016 08:01 JIXN Updated [Operator]
01-May-2018 11:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-May-2018 11:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-May-2018 11:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
10-Feb-2021 19:34 angels one five Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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