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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:57 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (57 OTU RAF)
Registration: K9863
MSN: 81
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sealand, Flintshire, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
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Destination airport:
On 26 January 1942, the Spitfire Mk I K9863 of Sous-Lieutenant Louis François Sylvain Ricard-Cordingley, a pilot under training with 57 OTU RAF, collided near Sealand during a training flight with Spitfire X4164 of the same unit flown by a Polish airman, Flg Off. Roman Suwalski. Both pilots were killed. Ricard-Cordingley managed to get out of his plane but, being too low, his parachute didn’t have time to open and he was killed.

Louis Ricard-Cordingley was born on 6 November 1917 in La Mulatière (Rhône). He evaded from France with Sgt Didier Béguin, from Toulouse, in a Caudron Goéland. They took off at midday on 22 June 1940 and landed at Hasten in Devonshire. He spent some times in St Athan, then went to the Franco-Belgian school in Odiham, and underwent the following training : 2 EFTS in June and July 1941, 5 SFTS from August to December 1941 and 57 OTU from 9 December 1941. He was awarded the Légion d’honneur, Croix de Guerre 39-45 with 7 palms, Médaille de la Résistance, ordre du Drapeau Rouge (USSR), Ordre de la guerre pour la patrie 2e degré (USSR), and a citation on 29 January 1942 for the Free French Air Force. He was initially buried in Hawarden, then in Brookwood.

Roman Suwalski was born on 4 November 1917 in Przechowo, Poland.


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