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Date:26-JAN-1942
Time:10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:58 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (58 OTU RAF)
Registration: X4164
C/n / msn: 1003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sealand, Flintshire, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Training
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 26 January 1942, the Spitfire IA 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 the Spitfire Ia X4164 of 58 OTU flown by a polish airman, Flg Off Roman Suwalski (listed in a Polish source as being a trainee with 57 OTU too). Both pilots were killed. Ricard-Cordingley managed to get out of his plane, but being too low, the parachute didn’t have the 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.

Sources:

http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?6141-Richard-Cordingly
http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/fr/arkotheque/client/mdh/militaires_decedes_seconde_guerre_mondiale/detail_fiche.php?ref=1817643&debut=0
http://listakrzystka.pl/?p=278960
http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p014.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sealand,_Flintshire
http://www.maplandia.com/united-kingdom/england/north-west/cheshire-county/sealand/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Nov-2012 20:27 angels one five Added
09-Mar-2015 23:59 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
10-Mar-2015 00:19 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
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06-Dec-2016 07:35 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
26-Jan-2017 11:17 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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