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Date:14-FEB-1948
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk XVI
Owner/operator:601 (County of London) Squadron Royal Air Force (601 (County of London) Sqn RAF)
Registration: SL671
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marley Common, near Haslemere, Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF North Weald, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVI SL671, 601 (County of London) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 14 February 1948 when crashed at Marley Common, south of Camelsdale, near Haslemere, Sussex. Pilot killed.

The pilot took off from RAF North Weald, Essex on a low level cross country navigation exercise, but his radio failed shortly after take off. as a result, he did not received a general recall message. All the squadrons aircraft should have been recalled to base due to rapidly deteriorating weather, but SL671 did not get the message. In addition, the pilot ignored his briefing not to fly below 500 feet. Whilst flying into cloud the aircraft struck rising ground on a hillside at Marley Common.

According to the following combined obituary notices ("Northern Whig" and "Belfast News-Letter" - both dated Monday 16 February 1948):

"OBITUARY - DEEPEST REGRET

CRAWFORD - Flying Officer Ivan Kenneth Crawford, D.F.C., of 601 Co. London Squadron R.A.F., grandson of Lieut-Colonel Fred Crawford C.B.E., of Belfast, and John Garvey, D.L., of Ballena, who lost his life (result of an accident) whilst on duty, aged 26 years. Flying Officer Crawford was educated in England and joined the R.A.F. immediately he left school. After he had completed his training he was stationed for a short time in Limavady. While serving in North Africa he was awarded the D.F.C. Funeral at St. Andrew's Church, White Colne, Essex, on Thursday at 2.30pm."

Crew of Spitfire SL671:
Flying Officer Ivan Kenneth Crawford, D.F.C., RAF (pilot, aged 26, Service number 115189)

A small (well hidden) memorial stone dedicated to the pilot can be found on Marley Common at approximate coordinates 51:4.5895 N 0:44.4564W.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.72 ISBN 0-85130-290-4
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946-1949 p 375 by Colin Cummings
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985, p 6)
4. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/post-war-spitfire-pilot-memorial-sussex.52665/
5. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/120045763
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p099.html
7. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1008241
8. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3566.15
9. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/marley-common .


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Feb-2020 19:15 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Feb-2020 22:18 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
17-Feb-2020 21:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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