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Last updated: 17 November 2019
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Time:14:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVI
Owner/operator:CGS Royal Air Force (CGS RAF)
Registration: SL676
C/n / msn: CBAF.IX.4703
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Appleton-le-Moors, NW of Pickering, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:
This Spitfire collided with Welllington BJ884 whilst taking part in a training exercise on 26th July 1946. The Spitfire is thought not to have dived into the ground after the collision, like the Wellington did but after the impact it limped to the west and crashed killing the pilot. Another Spitfire of 17 SFTS, piloted by Lt Newbold, was also taking part in the exercise; he was able to fly off and was undamaged. At the inquest it was stated that this pilot, F/Lt McAndrew, should have flown at the Wellington head on and then broke away at 250 feet, for some reason he made an error of judgement and the two aircraft collided.

The coroner also gave a verdict of "death by misadventure" on this pilot. I do not know the exact location of where the Spitfire came down to be able to include any photographs of the general area of the site. The Yorkshire Air Museum has an excellent account of the incident which is located in their Rear Gunners Room.

Spitfire SL676 was built to contract B981687/39 by Vickers Armstrongs Ltd at Castle Bromwich and delivered to Cunliffe Owen for modifications on 3rd August 1945 prior to its delivery to the RAF. It was delivered to 6 MU at Brize Norton on 29th August 1945 before being transferred to CGS at Catfoss on 30th September 1945 and it moved with the unit to Leconfield on 12th November 1945. It was written off as a result of the accident detailed above with Cat.E2/FA damage being recorded and was struck off charge some days later on 8th August 1946.

Pilot - Flight Lieutenant Stanley McAndrew RAF (Service Number 48716), aged 26, of London. Buried Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate, Yorkshire.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.48. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain. 1985)

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Revision history:

14-Nov-2019 21:44 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Nov-2019 17:15 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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