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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:74 (Tiger) Squadron Royal Air Force (74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P8184
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea, off RAF Llanbedr, Gwynedd, Wales. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Valley, Anglesey
Destination airport:RAF Llanbedr, Gwynedd
The OC of No.74 Squadron, RAF, had been attending a meeting with the Sector Commander at RAF Valley.
On his return to RAF Llanbedr he found, when approaching to land, that only one leg of the undercarriage could be made to extend.

Attempts to lower the other leg or to raise the extended one failed, and the pilot decided that as the Spitfire would probably swerve off the runway and turn over when the unsupported wing touched the ground in the sand that surrounded the Llanbedr runways, it would be prudent to bale out.

He abandoned the plane over the sea off Llanbedr, and landed in a field just short of the aerodrome boundary.
Sqdn-Ldr Paul Richey DFC and Bar RAF, was uninjured, apart from wrenching his left knee when he landed awkwardly after sideslipping his 'chute to avoid a stone wall.

His aircraft P8184, ZD-J, crashed in the sea and was written off the books.


Spitfire production list
Fighter Pilot's Summer, by Paul Richey with Norman Franks, pub. by Grub Street-London, 1993.

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Revision history:

19-Sep-2014 07:38 angels one five Added
19-Sep-2014 07:43 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
02-Jun-2015 15:41 King Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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