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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166021
Last updated: 4 November 2020
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Date:09-FEB-1941
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa
Owner/operator:6 FPP ATA
Registration: P7960
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near RAF Meir, Stoke-on-Trent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Meir
Narrative:
On 9 February 1941, First Officer Leslie Arthur Phillips of 6 FPP, Air Transport Auxiliary, was ferrying the brand new Spitfire IIa P7960, which had been delivered to RAF only five days earlier. He undershot during the landing on Meir airfield, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and struck a house. The Spitfire was wrecked and the pilot killed.

In the book "Wings over Meir", a man named Ron Rushton remembered a Spitfire crash near Meir: "he went in too low over George Avenue and clipped its undercarriage on a chimney or a power line, flipping the aircraft on its back. He later saw it from Meir Railway Bridge, upside down on the embankment. The pilot had been killed." No date or name is given for this accident, but no other Spitfire than P7960 is known to have crashed near Meir, and all details are coherent.

Sources:

http://www.raf-lichfield.co.uk/ATA%20Casualties.htm
http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p005.html
"Wings Over Meir. The Story of the Potteries Aerodrome", by William Cooke. ISBN 978-1-44560-135-9
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2432808/PHILLIPS,%20LESLIE%20ARTHUR
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Transport_Auxiliary
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meir,_Staffordshire
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=52.977900&lon=-2.105100&z=12&m=b


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-May-2014 02:14 angels one five Added
15-Jun-2015 06:41 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
09-Feb-2016 17:35 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2018 20:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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