Accident Supermarine Spitfire Mk I K9810, 21 Feb 1940
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87419
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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:616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron Royal Air Force (616 (South Yorkshire) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9810
MSN: 19
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 12 miles SSE of Hornsea, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Delivered to 66 Squadron as 'RB-S' 31-10-38. To RAE Farnborough 17-4-39. To 19 Squadron as 'WZ-R'. To 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron 15-11-39 as 'YQ-R'. Written off (destroyed) 21-2-40.

Flight Lt Anthony Wilson went missing in K9810 while leading Blue section of 616 Squadron off Flamborough Head on 21-2-40, aircraft descended through mist to locate the convoy they were covering and was never seen again. Aircraft destroyed. SOC.

The official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/92) states "Flight Lieutenant A N Wilson: missing presumed dead; Spitfire K9810 failed to return from an operational flight, 21 February 1940". Most published sources give the crash location as "North Sea, 12 miles south-southeast of Hornsea" [East Yorkshire] as that was the last sighted location of Spitfire K9810.

Pilot: Flight Lt (Service Number 90300) Anthony Neville Wilson RAF (aged 33) - killed. Since no trace of the aircraft or its pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 79)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/92:

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