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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158513
Last updated: 1 April 2020
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Date:15-JAN-1945
Time:17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII
Owner/operator:152 (Hyderabad) Squadron Royal Air Force (152 (Hyderabad) Sqn RAF)
Registration: PA956
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kan airstrip -   Myanmar
Phase: Landing
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Kalemyo
Destination airport:Kan
Narrative:
On 15 January 1945 the Spitfires of 152 Sqn RAF moved forward to the newly opened airstrip of Kan, north of Gangaw, in the Myittha valley. This airstrip had been carved from a clearing by bulldozers and was located very close of the Japanese positions in the area.

Flt Lt Walter Douglas Pitchford, who recently joined 152 Sqn, took off at 1630 hrs from Kalemyo but crashed at 1730 hrs on landing at Kan. His Spitfire VIII PA956 hit a bank on the right side of the strip and completed three somersaults. The pilot was quickly removed form the wreckage by an army officer and sent to the Casualty Clearing Station. He had a severe concussion and could not remember anything prior to the crash. It is not certain what caused the accident but a wheel was found in the middle of the strip and it is possible it came off on touch down. The damage to the aircraft was heavy: wings broke off, and the fuselage ended up on edge of runway. The Spitfire was damaged beyond repair and was struck off charge on 12 February.

Sources:

http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=PA956
http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p084.html
"Constant Vigilance: The RAF Regiment in the Burma Campaign", by Nigel W. M. Warwick. ISBN 978-1684415-500-2
"Air War for Burma", by Christopher Shores. ISBN 1-904010-95-4
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35750/supplement/4545/data.pdf
http://www.maplandia.com/burma/magwe/gangaw/kan/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Aug-2013 06:25 JINX Added
05-Mar-2014 06:37 Nepa Updated [Operator]
15-Jan-2016 17:08 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Country]
15-Dec-2018 09:11 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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