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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172348
Last updated: 19 December 2019
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Date:14-MAR-1946
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XVI
Owner/operator:61 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (61 OTU RAF)
Registration: SL559
C/n / msn: CBAF.
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Narrative:
Spitfire LF Mk.XVI SL559: Delivered to 29 MU 3-8-45. Issued to 61 OTU 5-2-46. Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed on landing at RAF Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: pilot killed 14-3-46. Struck Off Charge 28-3-46

Pilot identity unconfirmed; however, Pilot Officer (Pilot) Keith Gordon Chapman, RAF Service Number 57534, aged 20, was killed on this date. There were seven RAF fatalities on this date, but four of them were ground crew ranks. That leaves Squadron Leader R H Thomas and Flight Sergeant R L Grey (both killed in the crash of Avro Lancaster KB705). Which leaves P/O K G Chapman as the probable pilot fatality of Spitfire SL559 on 14 March 1946

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p 33. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain 1985 page 5)
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p099.html
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2949350/chapman,-keith-gordon/
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2014 15:12 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Dec-2014 15:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration]
05-Apr-2015 09:22 James JUMP Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2019 23:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2019 20:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2019 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
12-Nov-2019 22:33 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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