Incident Supermarine Spitfire Mk I K9797, 09 Mar 1939
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87249
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:19 Squadron Royal Air Force (19 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9797
MSN: 11
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Acton, Babergh, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
K9797 was the 11th production Spitfire, and was delivered to 19 Squadron, RAF Duxford on 7/10/38. Written off when engine failed while acting as target aircraft for cine gun practice and forced landed at Acton, Babergh, Suffolk. The pilot, Sergeant Pilot George Unwin, escaped safely. He had deliberately crash-landed the Spitfire following an engine failure to avoid a children's playground. (Sgt Pilot George Unwin eventually rose through the ranks to become Wing Commander George Cecil Unwin DSO, DFM & Bar (18 January 1913–28 June 2006).

K9797 was reallocated for ground instructional use with Practice Flight RAF Stradishall, Suffolk (in a non-flying role) on 11-5-39. Struck Off Charge 8-6-39. Total flying time on airframe 88.55 hours


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 79)

Revision history:

04-Jan-2011 19:16 angels one five Added
04-Jan-2011 19:17 angels one five Updated [Source]
25-Dec-2011 04:09 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
11-Jan-2012 00:32 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
13-Jan-2012 01:59 Nepa Updated [Operator]
22-Jan-2012 19:03 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
05-May-2012 09:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:12 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
25-Nov-2012 16:14 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
14-Aug-2013 03:47 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
18-Aug-2013 13:00 angels one five Updated [Operator]
22-Aug-2013 14:58 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
16-Jan-2014 23:08 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
08-Jun-2015 18:07 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
24-Jan-2016 19:50 JIXN Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
11-Jan-2018 08:18 angels one five Updated [Phase, Narrative]
16-Feb-2018 17:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
24-Mar-2018 22:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Oct-2019 22:03 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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