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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240021
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:310 Squadron Royal Air Force (310 Sqn RAF)
Registration: BL497
C/n / msn: NN-Y
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:sea near RAF Perranporth, 200 yards off shore, Cornwall, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Perransporth, Cornwall
Destination airport:
Flight Lieutenant S Zimprich, Sergeant S Halama (all Czech): Spitfire BL497 and Spitfire AD420, 310 Sqdn;
mid air collision near Perranporth during a non operational flight, 12 April 1942.
Flt/Lt Stanislav Zimprich, the pilot of BL497, , managed to stay airborne and attempted to make a forced landing on the beach He overshot, hit the water and ended up 200 yards off shore. Some army personnel tried to form a human chain to rescue him, but were unsuccessful. The aircraft was washed up in the afternoon, south of Chapel Rocks, minus its engine and with the cockpit empty. Zimprich’s body was washed up over three months later on 19/07/42 at Combe Martin in Devon.
F/Lt (81904) Stanislav ZIMPRICH (cs.pilot) RAFVR - killed



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