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Date:20-NOV-1947
Time:12:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XVI
Owner/operator:603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Royal Air Force (603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn RAF)
Registration: SL611
C/n / msn: CBAF.4693
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ill Crag, Scafell Pike, Cumerland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Hawarden Airport (CEG/EGNR)
Destination airport:Edinburgh Airport (EDI/EGPH)
Narrative:
On 20 November 1947, Flt Lt Donald James Ott Loudon, an instructor for No.603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn had taken off from RAF Hullavington for a cross country flight to Turnhouse (now Edinburgh Airport). He had landed at RAF Hawarden near Chester in the late morning to re-fuel before continuing on to Turnhouse. At some point not long after midday while flying in low cloud SL611 struck Ill Crag on Scafell Pike, Cumberland, and disintegrated, killing Flt Lt Loudon instantly.

The aircraft was reported overdue at Turnhouse and a search commenced for the missing Spitfire, this was hampered by appalling weather. The search had concentrated on the Lake District but the aircraft was not spotted in the poor conditions and the search was after a few days scaled down and then called off. It was not until 1st May 1948, 163 days after the aircraft had disappeared, that the wreck was discovered by a local farmer's son out tending sheep. The pilots body was finally recovered and given a burial at Halton Churchyard, Buckinghamshire. (Grave 172).
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The aircraft was left where it had crashed util it was recovered by a RAF Puma helicopter, between April 12 and May 17, 1997. It was then acquired by Francesa Have, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, arriving there on July 31, 1997 to begin a restoration project. Mark Harris/Supermarine Aero Engineering Ltd, Burslem, Stoke on Kent, Staffs, acquired SL611 on August 22, 1997, and it was still undergoing a long term rebuild in January 2005.

Reportedly under restoration to airworthy. The civil registration G-SAEA was reserved on 3 February 2015 to this airframe and an owner in the Stoke on Trent area, which would appear to confirm that the ambition to restore this spitfire to flight is ongoing.

Sources:

1. http://www.warbirdregistry.org/spitregistry/spitfire-sl611.html
2. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/lakes/sl611.html
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?14599-Missing-603-Sqn-Spitfire-20-November-1947
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/12925.php
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p099.html
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2706450/loudon,-donald-james-ott/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2015 22:27 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Mar-2015 18:06 Jixon Updated [Operator]
28-Feb-2019 15:56 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Nov-2019 00:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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