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Date:19-MAR-1946
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV
Owner/operator:1 FPP ATA
Registration: NH695
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Button Oak, Pound Green, near Upper Arley, Worcestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:RAF Hamble, Hampshire
Destination airport:RAF High Ercall, Shropshire
Narrative:
Spitfire Mk.XIV NH695; Delivered to the RAF at 39 MU 1-5-44. Issued to 610 (County of Chester) Squadron 26-5-44. De Havilland 4-7-44 for propeller fitment. To 350 Squadron 19-7-44. Cat AC damaged on ops 11-2-45. Airwork Service Taining Hamble for repairs. To 1 FPP ATA (Ferry Pilots Pool Air Transport Auxiliary). Written off (destroyed) when engine failed and hit tree on ferry flight, at Button Oak, Pound Green, near Upper Arley, Worcestershire, pilot killed 19-3-46. Struck Off Charge 29-5-46.

Pilot First Officer Rosamund King Everard-Steenkamp, Air Transport Auxiliary, aged 32, South African national - killed in a flying accident 19-3-46, buried at All Saints Cemetery, Maidenhead, Berkshire R.I.P.

In a sadly ironic "twist in the tale", the flight was to have been Rosamund Everard-Steenkamp's last flight in ATA service before she was discharged from the service. The loss of this Spitfire, and its pilot also appears to have been the last fatality in ATA service

During the 1980s, aviation enthusiasts belonging to Midland Aviation Group recovered small items of surface wreckage from Spitfire NH695 at Pound Green, Upper Arley.


Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.34. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft NA100 - NZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1992 p 56)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/28/W2335: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578181
4. http://www.halesowennews.co.uk/news/worcestershire/14377684.Tragic_Bewdley_Spitfire_crash_remembered_70_years_on/
5. http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1946-49.htm
6. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1373628
7. https://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/NH695
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2436464/everard-steenkamp,-rosamund-king/
9. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21591-460319-Unaccounted-Airwoman-amp-Airmen-19-03-1946&p=126255#post126255
10. http://ariadne-portal.dcu.gr/page/13752896
11. https://peakwreckhunters.blogspot.com/2008/11/spitfire-mkxiv-nh695.html
12. http://wrecksiteuk.blogspot.com/2008/07/spitfire-mk14e.html
13. http://www.raf-lichfield.co.uk/ATA%20Casualties.htm
14. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p080.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Nov-2012 11:18 angels one five Added
01-Feb-2013 12:23 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
10-Mar-2013 20:24 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
12-Feb-2014 21:15 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location]
05-Apr-2015 09:29 Gloug Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2016 09:27 gerard57 Updated [Source]
19-Nov-2018 20:09 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
20-Sep-2019 23:08 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
06-Nov-2019 01:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2019 20:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
13-Nov-2019 10:00 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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