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Date:21-MAR-1946
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX
Owner/operator:595 Sqn RAF
Registration: PT766
C/n / msn: CBAF.
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bishopston, Gower Peninsula, 6 miles WSW of Swansea, Glamorganshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Aberporth, Ceredigion
Destination airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Narrative:
PT766, Spitfire Mk IX: Delivered to the RAF at 33 MU Lyneham 11-8-44. Issued to 345 (Free French) Squadron 1-9-44 as "2Y-A", flown by Jean-Marine Accart, Commanding Officer of 345 Squadron.

345 (French) Squadron (GC II/2 'Berry') was formed on 12 February 1944 at Ayr, from French personnel transferred from North Africa. It served with 2nd Tactical Air Force, taking part in the liberation of Europe in 1944-45. After the war the squadron remained on the continent, and on 21 November 1945 it was transferred to the Armee de l'Air. Even in RAF service, French roundels were used.

Cat C Aircraft accident 30-9-44; collided with another Spitfire at RAF Deanland, Lewes, West Sussex at the end of a bomber escort sortie. Repaired on site by ASTE (Airwork Service Training Eastleigh) and returned to service 24-1-45. Issued to 595 Squadron, RAF 21-11-45.

This Spitfire dived into ground from cloud at Bishopston Glamorgan on 21-3-46, pilot Flying Officer James Stuart Abbott was killed. In the book "Fallen Flyers" by S.H. Jones (page 54) states aircraft remains were excavated in March 1975 by the South Wales Historical Aircraft Preservation Society, and the engine displayed at their museum at Rhoose until it disbanded in the 1990's. Further Remains removed by Ian Hodgkiss in Summer 2009 (see links #5 & #6)

595 AAC Squadron ORB (RAF Form 540) entry for 21.03.1946 "Aberporth - Weather bad and deteriorated even worse - cancelled flying here. F/O Abbott lost in crash out of cloud near Fairwood Common. No logical explanation given as cloud was only 3/10ths and weather at Fairwood Common quite good. Sqn Ldr Hancock flew to Fairwood Common but returned by road."

Funeral of F/O Abbott confirmed as 25-3-1946

Crew: Flying Officer James Stuart Abbott (Pilot) (Service Number 198309) Killed. Buried Killay (St Hilary of Poictiers), Glamorganshire

The reported crash location of Bishopston (Welsh: Llandeilo Ferwallt) is a hamlet and community situated on the Gower Peninsula, some 6 miles (9.7 km) west south west of the centre of Swansea in South Wales, at approximate co ordinates 51.575N 4.051W

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 2003 page 77)
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p093.html
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?6430-345-Sqn-ORB-Spitfire-PT766-J-M-Accart
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2717277/abbott,-james-stuart/
5. https://forum.keypublishing.com/forum/historic-aviation/97228-spitfire-re-dig
6. http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/news (October 2009)
7. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1940-1949_28.html
8. Spitfire PT766, September 1944: https://falkeeinsgreatplanes.blogspot.com/2014/01/french-spitfire-pilots-in-raf-gc-iii.html
9. https://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=fsxacrp&DLID=190144
10. Scale Aircraft Modelling Magazine, Vol.21, No.5, July 1999: http://wpalette.com/en/pictures/40813
11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishopston,_Swansea


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Oct-2013 06:13 JINX Added
27-Mar-2015 18:51 James JUMP Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
16-May-2019 01:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2019 20:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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