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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa
Owner/operator:416 (City of Oshawa) Sqn RCAF
Registration: P7982
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire
Destination airport:
On 6 February 1942 Flt Lt John Douglas Keynes, the British commander of B Flight, 416 Sqn RCAF, attempted to take off from the icy runway of Peterhead airfield but his Spitfire IIA P7982 DN-M skid into snowbank and crashed. He was uninjured but the fighter was heavily damaged. The same day ten Stirlings landed at Peterhead during the afternoon. They belonged to 15 and 149 Sqn that had tried to attack the German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord on the night of 30-31 January. They had taken off from Lossiemouth to return to their bases more south but when the aircraft became badly iced up, they diverted into Peterhead and stayed overnight.

The next day (7 February), in the morning, the Stirling N6086 LS-F of 15 Sqn RAF, nicknamed "MacRobert's Reply", was the second of the four aircraft of 15 Sqn to take off to return to their home base of Wyton. Just before getting airborne, it lost power on both port engines, slewed off therunway at about 70-knots, and crashed into the Spitfire P7982 that had not been removed since its crash the day before. The Stirling finished up with our nose in the mud, the port undercarriage bent, and the Spitfire jammed under the tail for they had dragged it. The crew (two names known, Flg Off P J S Boggis (pilot) and Sgt Stanley Smith) escaped with only a few bruises, and within 45 minutes were aboard another aircraft of the squadron and flying to Wyton.

The Stirling N6086 never flew in combat again but it was repaired and flew as part of an Operational Training Unit (OTU). The "MacRobert's Reply" name was then transferred to another Stirling on 15 Sqn, W7531. The Spitfire IIA was damaged beyond repair (Category E).


ORB of 416 Sqn RCAF, February 1942 (available online at
"The Stirling Story", by Michael J. F. Bowyer. ISBN 0-947554-91-2

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Revision history:

05-Jun-2014 07:22 angels one five Added
24-May-2015 19:55 Dandy Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport]
24-May-2015 20:11 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
06-Dec-2016 07:41 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Jan-2018 16:53 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Date, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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