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Last updated: 26 April 2020
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Date:30-AUG-1940
Time:18:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire I
Owner/operator:222 (Natal) Squadron Royal Air Force (222 (Natal) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9826
C/n / msn: 41
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marley, near Barham, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1 K9826 (c/n 41 - 41st production Spitfire)
12/12/38: Delivered to 19 Squadron, RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
01/06/39: Seriously damaged in a flying accident at RAF Duxford. Albert Phipps (aged 35) of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, was killed at RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire, when the Tractor he was driving across the edge of the airfield was struck by Spitfire K9826. Pilot of Spitfire K9826 - Pilot Officer James Baird Coward - unhurt. The aircraft was assessed as Cat C damaged, and repaired. P/O Coward did not suffer adversely either - he was promoted to Flying Officer just over two weeks later, on 16/06/39.
30/12/39: Transferred to 2 FTS, RAF Brize Norton
00/01/40: Transferred to 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron, RAF
06/05/40: Transferred to 222 (Natal) Squadron, RAF Hornchurch, Essex, coded ZD-X (see link #7)
02/07/40: Damaged in combat with enemy aircraft (Messerschmidt Bf.109). Pilot - Pilot Officer Hilary Patrick Michael Edridge - bailed out, with slight injuries (burns) and aircraft came down at Barham, Kent. (P/O Eldridge was K.I.A. on 30/10/40 when he crash landed his "replacement" Spitfire I (K9939) after combat with a Bf 109 over Ewhurst at 12:15 hours.)

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 79)
2. Crash 01/06/39: http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
4. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Edridge.htm
5. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpost.php?p=143369&postcount=7
6. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/remembering-today-17-9-40-sergeant-e-j-egan-742787-royal-air-force-volunteer-reserve-501-sqdn.42018/
7. http://www.markstyling.com/spitfiresmkl_ll_5.htm
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Coward_%28RAF_officer%29
9. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Coward_JB.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Mar-2018 17:01 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Mar-2018 18:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
28-Mar-2018 19:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Mar-2018 19:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 05:22 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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