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Last updated: 3 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb
Owner/operator:312 Squadron Royal Air Force (312 Sqn RAF)
Registration: BL470
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kilvrough Farmyard, South Gower Road, Parkmill, Gower, Wales. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Fairwood Common, West Glamorgan
Destination airport:RAF Fairwood Common
Delivered to RAF at 24 MU 6-12-41. Issued to 312 (Czech) Squadron 6-1-42 (as "DU-J"). Written off (destroyed) when collided with Spitfire BL231 on take-off from RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea, West Glamorgan, South Wales, 2-5-42. Sgt Frantisek Vaculik’s aircraft (BL231) caught the tail of BL470, causing it to break off. The aircraft crashed into Kilvrough Farmyard on South Gower Road (the present day A4118), at Park Mill, Gower.

Pilot of Spitfire BL470, Pilot Officer Josef Janeba (Service Number 113884, aged 27) bailed out too low and was killed.


1. Fallen Flyers: Tragedy in the Skies Over Wartime Gower (Wartime Record) Bryngold Books Ltd; First edition (1 May 2005) by Steven H. Jones
3. Wales.
7. (Czech text)

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Revision history:

29-Apr-2019 00:58 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Apr-2019 08:27 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
29-Apr-2019 08:28 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
24-Jul-2019 17:34 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Operator]

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