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Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Time:16:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Ia
Owner/operator:53 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF)
Registration: X4381
C/n / msn: 1122
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Taran Felen Uchaf, Ton Pentre, near Pontypridd, Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Destination airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Spitfire X4381 was assigned to 152 Squadron on 13-9-40, 501 Squadron on 5-11-40 (as "SD-J") then, on 7-7-41, to 53 OTU, RAF Llandow. It dived out of cloud, lost a wing and crashed into Taran Felen Uchaf, Ton Pentre, near Pontypridd, Glamorgan, on 6-8-41 killing the pilot. The aircraft was struck off charge on 21-8-41 and, on 30-1-42, went to the Crash Investigation Unit at Farnborough. It subsequently became GIA 3546M at 12 SoTT Melksham before being scrapped on 14-6-45

Crew: Flight Lieutenant Maurice Arthur Goodwin (Pilot) (Service Number 39254) - killed. Buried Swalecliffe (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard, Whitstable, Kent

The official RAF Board of Inquiry File into the accident (File AVIA 5/20/W1082) at the National Archives mis-spells the crash location as "Tonprintyre" (sic).


1. Spitfire X4381 Flying Accident Form Air Ministry Form AM1180.
2. Glamorganshire Police reports for 1939-41. (Glam PRO; DCON/279/7).
3. Doylerush, E, 2008, Rocks in the Clouds: High Ground Aircraft Crashes in South Wales, p.108
4. Royal Air Force Aircraft X1000-X9999, Z1000-Z9999, James J. Halley, Air Britain, p.14
9. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/20/W1082: 10. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/8107:


Spitfire Mk.1a X4381, when with 501 Sqaudron (as "SD-J"), RAF Colerene, Wiltshire early 1941: ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945. ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945. IWM (CH 2821)

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Revision history:

17-May-2019 21:11 Dr. John Smith Added
25-May-2019 10:59 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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