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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:53 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF)
Registration: X4773
C/n / msn: 1295
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near The Greendown Inn, St Georges Super Ely, Cardiff, Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Destination airport:
First Flown 14-11-40; delivered to the RAF at 9 MU Cosford 16-11-40. Issued to 609 (West Riding) Squadron 9-1-41. Transferred to 57 OTU 12-6-41. To 131 Squadron 31-12-41, then to 52 OTU 24-4-42, and finally to 53 OTU 16-2-43.

Spitfire X4773 was being flown by Sgt Douglas George White, RAFVR (Service Number 1208670, age 22) flying from RAF Llandow, Glamorgan. It was seen to dive out of formation from high altitude (25,000 feet has bee reported) and dived into ground near The Greendown Inn, St Georges Super Ely near Cardiff. Sgt White is buried in Paignton cemetery. It was presumed that the pilot had been overtaken by oxygen failure and became unconscious due to anoxia (oxygen starvation).

The aircraft wreckage was excavated in 2005. Amongst the items recovered was the small cowling blister which covers the air compressor at the rear of the engine. This had a neatly applied battle damage repair, presumably from the previous combat


1. Halley, J, 1984, Air Britain, Royal Air force Aircraft X1000 - X9999, Z1000 - Z9999, p 17.

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Revision history:

24-May-2019 19:04 Dr. John Smith Added
25-May-2019 11:44 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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