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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21970
Last updated: 4 September 2020
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Date:04-JUL-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:222 (Natal) Squadron Royal Air Force (222 (Natal) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3294
C/n / msn: 506
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Withernsea, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Kirton in Lindsey
Destination airport:
Narrative:
N3294: Spitfire Mk.Ia (c/no 506) First Flown 18-1-40. Delivered to the RAF at 9 MU Cosford 22-1-40, Issued to 222 (Natal) Squadron 9-3-40. Flying Accident; Dived into ground out of cloud near Withernsea, East Yorkshire. Pilot Sgt E I Lewis killed 4-7-40 SOC 12-7-40

Crew:
Sergeant Emrys Ivor Lewis (pilot) RAF 531760, aged 24 - killed in action 04/07/1940; buried in Llandinorwig Churchyard, Caernarvonshire, United Kingdom

The official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1014) states "Sergeant E I Lewis: report of death; Spitfire N3294 lost in air operations, 4 July 1940".

In November 2017, the crash site was investigated by Aviation Archeologists, who excavated some of the wreckage (see link #6 for report): "The plane was more than 20 feet underground, but substantial remains of the Spitfire were uncovered, including, propellor blades, cockpit controls, tail wheel and finally the intact Rolls Royce Merlin engine".

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1014: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502853
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p003.html
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2716255/lewis,-emrys-ivor/
5. https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/147321-spitfire-1a-n3294-excavation-at-weekend
6. https://www.marketrasenmail.co.uk/news/people/wwii-spitfire-recovered-from-owersby-field-1-8256728
7. https://www.billhowardauthor.com/single-post/2016/01/06/Lost-Over-Yorkshire-The-Final-Flight-of-RAF-Sergeant-Emrys-Ivor-Lewis
8. http://aircrewremembered.com/lewis-emrys.html
9. http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.co.uk/styled-5/styled-7/styled-52/index.html
10. https://www.forces.net/news/family-ww2-spitfire-pilot-watches-his-aircraft-miraculously-uncovered
11. https://aerodynamicmedia.com/spitfire-remains-unearthed-77-years-after-crash-documentary-planned/
12. http://www.fluidr.com/photos/67251416@N08/sets/72157666502768289


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2008 11:29 Anon. Added
26-Dec-2011 12:36 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jan-2012 02:15 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
04-Nov-2012 21:49 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
04-Nov-2012 21:51 angels one five Updated [[Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Narrative]]
18-Dec-2012 17:52 angels one five Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2013 14:01 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
05-Oct-2019 22:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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