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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161510
Last updated: 28 October 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:65 (East India) Squadron Royal Air Force (65 (East India) Sqn RAF)
Registration: BL372
C/n / msn: YT-Z
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Loves Farm, Cutlers Green, Thaxted, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:RAF Great Sampford
Destination airport:RAF Debden
The Commanding Officer of No. 65 Sqdn wanted to fly to another airfield to attend a Mess party.
Both he and his intended passenger were reported to have been drinking alcohol.

The Squadron Leader ordered that the unit's Magister 2-seat trainer be readied for the flight, but the NCO in charge of the aircraft saw that his CO was in no fit state to fly and told him that the 'Maggie' was unserviceable. S/L Gilbert then said that he would take a Spitfire, and took off with his passenger, F/L Ross, sitting on his lap.

Control was lost not long after taking off from Great Sampford and the fighter spun in, killing both occupants.
S/Ldr Humphrey Trench GILBERT DFC (pilot) RAF - killed
and F/Lt David Gordon ROSS (pilot) RAFVR - killed


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Revision history:

18-Oct-2013 11:05 angels one five Added
25-Jan-2014 12:50 T.A.W.1 Updated [Narrative]
02-Jun-2015 14:02 Newton Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-May-2017 19:06 Anon. Updated [Cn]

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