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Last updated: 8 November 2020
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Date:12-AUG-1941
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:53 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF)
Registration: R7057
C/n / msn: 1424
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mynydd Pen-y-Cae, South of Cwmgrach, near Glynneath, Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Destination airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Narrative:
Spitfire R7057 was assigned to 53 OTU RAF Llandow on 3rd February 1941. While on exercise it flew into Mynydd Pen-y-Cae, South of Cwmgrach, near Glynneath in low cloud on 12th August 1941. Aircraft impacted at 1,960 feet/597 metres above sea level. Pilot P/O C.J. Day was killed

Crew: Pilot Officer Colin James Day (Pilot) (Service Number 102080) - killed. Buried Reading (Henley Road) Cemetery, Reading, Berkshire

Some sources state that Spitfire R7057 was a "presentation" aircraft, bought with public funds and subscriptions to War Bonds, and thus named "CAITHNESS" (see link #6). The impact site for this aircraft is rather small. Its close proximity to an active forestry track may explain this. Closer examination of the track showed numerous small fragments of melted alloy, spreading approximately 10 metres either side of the impact site. Small piles of wreckage had been collected and a shrine type structure constructed from stones is present.

Sources:

1. Doylerush, E, 2008, Rocks in the Clouds: High Ground Aircraft Crashes in South Wales, p.108.
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p010.html
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2421781/day,-colin-james/
4. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/07578.php
6. http://forum.caithness.org/showthread.php?51272-The-Caithness-Spitfire&p=400713#post400713
7. https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/more-plane-wrecks-in-and-around-the-brecon-beacons-june-and-july-2018.113886/
8. Photo of crash site: https://www.alltravels.com/united-kingdom/wales/blaengwrach/photos/current-photo-3121739


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Nov-2012 23:02 angels one five Added
16-Jul-2015 20:26 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
17-May-2019 21:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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