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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 170008
Last updated: 29 October 2020
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Date:03-JUN-1943
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa
Owner/operator:58 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (58 OTU RAF)
Registration: P8187
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lake of Menteith, Stirling, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
Destination airport:RAF Grangemouth
Narrative:
Spitfire P8187 was engaged in an authorised formation flying exercise in the vicinity of the Lake of Menteith.
The flight had been briefed not to fly below 300 feet above surface level.
During a low-level run down the lake Spitfire P8187 struck the water and crashed.
The pilot, Sgt T. Hetherington, survived the accident with injuries.
He explained that he was watching another aircraft and had failed to notice his loss of height.
He was disciplined for "Disobedience of orders", and a red (unfavourable) entry was ordered to be made in his flying logbook.
The Spitfire was written off the books on 30/6/43.

Sources:

Spitfire production list
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?60412-Spitfire-P8187-in-Fresh-Water


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Sep-2014 02:58 angels one five Added
20-Sep-2014 03:04 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
16-Jul-2015 19:42 Angel Dick one Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
03-Oct-2019 17:40 angels one five Updated [Time, Phase, Narrative]

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