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Last updated: 16 July 2020
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Date:29-SEP-1942
Time:10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB
Owner/operator:421 (Red Indian) Sqn RCAF
Registration: BM575
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Moel Cynhordy, near St. John's Colliery, Maesteg, South Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea, West Glamorgan, South Wales
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Lost in rain squall over Port Talbot; inexperienced pilot became separated from his lead and flew off course towards Maesteg. Flew into Moel Cynhordy near St. John's Colliery, somewhere above Nant Cwm Du, in thick fog. Aircraft destroyed by fire, 1 killed (American) Sgt Norman Hugh Mackay (Service Number R/98260, aged 25). RAF Stormy Down sent an ambulance to recover the body of Sgt Mackay and return him to the squadron's base at RAF Fairwood Common. He was buried at Killay (St. Hilary of Poictiers) Churchyard, Grave 203

Some ammunition belts were taken by souvenir hunters and the local farmer ploughed up wreckage years after the crash (statement from a gent in his 70's). On 17 July 2018, a small piece of the aircraft (the brass KY-GAS lever) was put up for sale by an Auction House in Whittlebury, Northamptonshire (see link #6)

Sources:

1. Canadian Archives, local eyewitnesses, my grandmothers memory of the event, local newspaper clippings.
2. Spitfire Production List: http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p027.html
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/07168.php
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2717291/mackay,-norman-hugh/
5. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
6. https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/humbert-ellis-auctioneers-ltd/catalogue-id-srjp10243/lot-7c56a79f-b815-4f91-8582-a91c0131401a
7. http://ciapoldiescorner.blogspot.com/2009/09/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Nov-2009 09:33 Chrisj Added
14-Nov-2009 23:55 Chrisj Updated
29-Dec-2011 06:02 Chrisj Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jan-2012 10:45 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
01-Jan-2012 11:05 Anon. Updated [Operator]
01-Jun-2013 08:32 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
08-May-2019 19:06 Anon. Updated [Damage]
19-May-2019 22:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2020 11:28 TigerTimon Updated [Damage]

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