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Last updated: 26 September 2020
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Date:21-AUG-1978
Time:c.
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire MK LFVb
Owner/operator:Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Royal Air For
Registration: AB910
C/n / msn: CBAF.1061
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Air show at Bex Airport (LSGB),Vaud, Switzerland -   Switzerland
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
Narrative:
Spitfire AB910, flown by Flt Lt Peter Thorn, had just started its take off run when it collided head on with North American (Noorduyn) AT-16ND Harvard IIB PH-KMA which had entered the runway, (without ATC clearance), when taxiing for take off. The Harvard was pushed back 50 yard, there was no fire and all the aircrew escaped the crash with the only injury being a broken leg, suffered by the Harvard pilot.

The Harvard was a written off. The remains of the aircraft has been on display in the Österreichisches Luftfahrtmuseum, Graz - ThalerhofMap Airfield, Austria since June 2000.
The Spitfire was recovered to RAF Abingdon for extensive repairs, being returned to the BoB Flight at RAF Coningsby in October 1981.




Sources:

http://www.goodall.com.au/warbirds-directory-v6/vickerssupermarine.pdf
https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/77486-accident-to-bbmf-spitfire-v-ab910-bex-1978
http://www.sonsofdamien.co.uk/AB910.htm
https://www.airhistory.net/photo/183675/PH-KMA

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

30 Dec 1941 AB910 130 Sqn RAF 0 RAF stn Perranporth, Cornwall, England. min
9 Feb 1945 AB910 53 OTU Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF) 0 RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire, non
5 Oct 1972 AB910 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Royal Air For 0 RAF Coltishall, Norfolk, unk


Images:

Photo of AB910 courtesy AirHistory.net


Old Warden (EGTH)
5 July 2015; (c) Alex Christie


RAF Alconbury Air Show, Cambridgeshire, UK - 16th May 1959


RAF Alconbury Air Show, Cambridgeshire, UK - 16th May 1959


RAF Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK BoB Air Show - 17th September 1960

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Sep-2020 07:33 Peter Clarke Added
23-Sep-2020 13:36 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
26-Sep-2020 15:36 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]

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