Incident Supermarine Spitfire Mk IA Early K9792, 20 Sep 1938
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IA Early
Owner/operator:19 Squadron Royal Air Force (19 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9792
MSN: 6
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridegshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
K9792 - Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no.6) First spitfire to be delivered to the RAF. Initially destined to be sent to Duxford it was delivered to the CFS at RAF Upavon on 29-7-38 for two weeks to enable pilot's notes to be written. Finally delivered for operational service to 19 Squadron at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire, on 16-8-38

Damaged beyond repair after stub axle of port mainwheel sheared off. The aircraft had flipped on its back after the propeller had dug in whilst landing at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Pilot - Flying Officer Gordon Sinclair RAF - escaped from the aircraft OK.

Said to be the first-ever operational loss of a Spitfire in RAF Service. K9792 - the sixth production Spitfire - had been the second-ever delivery of a Spitfire to the RAF, on 16 August 1938. (K9789, was handed over on August 4th, had been the first). The pilot on the delivery flight was Sgt-Plt George Unwin (who later became Wing Commander George Cecil Unwin DSO, DFM & Bar (18 January 1913–28 June 2006))

Damaged airframe reallocated to No. 2 SoTT (School of Technical Training) at RAF Cosford for use as a ground instructional airframe on 30-11-38. Total time on airframe 41.35 hours


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 79)
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Revision history:

09-Feb-2008 02:11 JINX Added
25-Feb-2008 14:23 JINX Updated
25-Sep-2011 20:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Dec-2011 03:53 Nepa Updated [Operator]
05-May-2012 09:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
29-Oct-2012 02:25 angels one five Updated [Date, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2012 02:25 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2013 18:34 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport]
01-Aug-2013 20:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
05-Aug-2013 18:05 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
03-Feb-2014 19:30 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
29-May-2014 00:55 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature]
05-Apr-2015 08:11 ABBA Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
23-Jan-2016 15:26 Apen Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2018 17:43 Nepa Updated [Operator]
15-Mar-2018 23:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Aug-2021 19:19 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]

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