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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166029
Last updated: 8 October 2020
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Date:15-OCT-1942
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa
Owner/operator:52 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (52 OTU RAF)
Registration: P7966
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:7 MU, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Aston Down
Destination airport:RAF Aston Down
Narrative:
Presentation aircraft 'Manxman'.

At one time P7966 had been the personal aircraft of Douglas Bader when commanding the Tangmere Wing.
On the 15th of October, 1942, this Spitfire was being flown on a height climb by a pupil of No. 24 course, 52 Operational Training Unit, when it dived out of control. The plane crashed on a shed at No. 7 Maintenance Unit, Quedgeley, setting the building ablaze, killing a civilian woman worker, and seriously injuring several other persons.
The pilot also lost his life.
Pilot:
P/O (NZ416440) Keith Thomas Beange RNZAF - killed.



Sources:

Spitfire production list
cwgc


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-May-2014 08:54 angels one five Added
18-Jun-2015 07:56 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jul-2019 01:37 angels one five Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]

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