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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 239981
Last updated: 14 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb
Owner/operator:313 Squadron Royal Air Force (313 Sqn RAF)
Registration: AD424
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Hornchurch, Essex, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Spitfire AD424 aircraft crashed at RAF Hornchurch during take off for an operational flight, 11 January 1942.
"Four aircraft of the Czech squadron No 313 took off at 9.50am on 11th January, for convoy patrol. The weather started to deteriorate and they were told to head to Rochford. Only three arrived, for Blue 4, Sergeant Pilot Joseph Valenta, for reasons unknown crashed into a field near the anti-aircraft gun positions, adjoining the southern perimeter of the airfield and was killed. This happened at 10.05 am."
Valenta was delayed on the take off for about 10 min after the other 3 Spitfires. When he finally get airborne the weather was so bad that he decided to land. He turned back and the ground staff only daw how he passed hangars in the height of about 230 ft, but in secund turn his Spitfire lost speed and crashed in the airfield vicinity.
Sergeant (787681) Josef VALENTA (Cs.pilot) : killed;


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