Incident Supermarine Spitfire Mk I K9860, 09 Nov 1939
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87341
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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:74 (Tiger) Squadron Royal Air Force (74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9860
MSN: 78
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Rochford, Essex
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
First flown 6-2-39. Delivered to the RAF at Hornchurch for 74 Squadron on 14-2-39. Damaged beyond economic repair when tipped up after landing on soft ground at RAF Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, 9-11-39. Pilot Officer Donald Gordon Cobden RAF (from NZ) was uninjured.

"On 6th October 1939 Donald Cobden was posted to the 74 (Tiger) Squadron, joining them at Hornchurch. His introduction to the squadron was rather unfortunate as on 9th November" (1939) "he forced landed at the satellite airfield of Rochford in K9860, 74 Squadron's first Spitfire, so damaging the machine that it was written off...". Despite this mishap "...confirmation of his rank as Pilot Officer came through four days later on 13th November 1939."

Struck Off Charge 18-1-40. Total Flying Hours 74:20.


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

Revision history:

07-Jan-2011 00:09 angels one five Added
25-Dec-2011 06:03 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 16:25 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature]
15-Jan-2012 02:22 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport]
22-Jan-2012 19:53 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
07-May-2012 13:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
04-Nov-2012 18:35 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Sep-2013 18:30 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
10-Oct-2013 08:29 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Dec-2013 18:09 Nepa Updated [Operator]
30-Jan-2014 00:03 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
02-Jun-2015 15:46 King Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
01-May-2018 15:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
06-Feb-2021 22:24 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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