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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 171561
Last updated: 10 November 2020
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Date:31-MAR-1943
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Va
Owner/operator:53 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF)
Registration: P8239
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Old Wallace Farm, Wenvoe, Glamorganshire, Wales. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Destination airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Narrative:
Spitfire P8239 was built as a Mark IIa in March 1941. In October 1941 the plane was converted at ASTE to a Mark Va with a Merlin 45 engine. After conversion, P8239 was issued to 53 OTU at RAF Llandow on 8 May 1942

On the 31st of March 1943 the Spitfire was damaged beyond repair when it struck a pole during a forced landing in a whilst low on fuel in fog near Old Wallace Farm, Wenvoe, Glamorgan. (At Approximate co ordinates 51.4302495 N, 3.3074534W)

The pilot, Sgt John Wilson Craighead RNZAF survived, injured, and his aircraft was declared Category E and struck off charge the same day

Sources:

1. Halley, J J, 1996, Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000 to R9999, page 75.
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p006.html
3. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?8115-430331-Unaccounted-airmen-31-3-1943
5. http://ciapoldiescorner.blogspot.com/2009/03/
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Hamston


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Nov-2014 04:13 angels one five Added
20-Jun-2015 09:37 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-May-2019 18:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-May-2019 11:45 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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