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Last updated: 16 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb
Owner/operator:485 (NZ) Squadron Royal Air Force (485 (NZ) Sqn RAF)
Registration: BL634
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off St Abbs Head, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Drem, East Lothian
Destination airport:RAF Drem
No. 485 (New Zealand) Squadron, RAF was being rested from operations by a stint at Drem in East Lothian.
The squadron was normally equipped with Spitfire Mark IXs but was flying Mark Vs for the duration of their stay in Scotland.

On the morning of the 22nd of December,1943, the unit's planes were taking part in a naval co-operation exercise. This activity probably involved making dummy attacks on ships in order to give their anti-aircraft gunners practice in training their weapons on fast, and close-in, attacking aircraft.

One of the Spitfires failed to recover in time from a low-level pass and its propeller blades struck the surface of the sea, disabling the engine.

The pilot was able to use his surplus speed to pull up to about 1,000 feet and then baled out. He was reported to clear the aircraft at about 500 feet, but his parachute could not deploy fully at such a low height, and he was found to be dead when a ship reached him a short while after.

It is believed that a bulky experimental Anti-G suit (the Franks Flying Suit) he was wearing may have hindered the pilot in exiting the Spitfire in a timely manner.

Flying Officer (NZ404342) John Grant Dasent RNZAF - killed.

Spitfire production list.

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Revision history:

07-Aug-2013 06:44 angels one five Added
06-Jun-2015 15:35 Shuntt Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jan-2018 13:59 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
18-Dec-2019 19:01 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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