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Last updated: 13 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire F.21
Owner/operator:CRD(A) MoS/Dowty-Rotol Propellers Ltd
Registration: LA216
C/n / msn: SMAF.4361
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Parracombe, near Barnstaple, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Staverton, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
LA216: Spitfire F.21 (c/no. SMAF.4361) First test flown by Flt Lt Johnson (Vickers Armstrongs South Marston) for 20 minutes on 21-12-44. Delivered to CRD(A) MoS/Dowty-Rotol Propellers Ltd 2-1-45 for G68 Rotol contra/prop installation trials at Staverton starting 25-4-45. Endurance testing of contra-rotating propeller from July 1945

Written off (damaged beyond repair) in a flying accident 18-2-46. Hit high ground in poor visibility at Parracombe, near Barnstaple, Devon. Pilot was killed. Struck Off Charge 16-3-45

Pilot of Spitfire LA216:

Flight Lieutenant Eric George Philmore DFC, Service Number 152245, aged 23, Rotol Test Pilot, Staverton. Killed 18/02/1946. Buried at Sudbury Cemetery, Sudbury, Suffolk

Although the official record into the incident gives the crash location as "near Barnstaple", Parracombe is a rural settlement near Lynton, in Devon, England. It is situated in the Heddon Valley, on Exmoor, and is 14 miles from Barnstaple.



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Revision history:

21-Nov-2019 22:59 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Nov-2020 20:15 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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