Incident Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia K9917, 05 Dec 1939
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89158
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:65 Squadron Royal Air Force (65 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9917
MSN: 128
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Aldermaston, 8 miles east of Newbury, Berkshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 5 December,1939, Pilot Officer J.B.H. Nicholas of 65 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch, Essex, was injured when his Spitfire Ia K9917 hit a tree during an attempted forced landing near Aldermaston, eight miles of east of Newbury, Berkshire, while iced up. The fighter was damaged beyond repair.

NOTE: Spitfire K9917 did NOT crash at RAF Aldermaston, as per some published sources - RAF Aldermaston was not built until 1941, at least 18 months after this crash.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 80)

Revision history:

18-Jan-2011 17:28 angels one five Added
25-Dec-2011 04:56 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 16:34 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location]
13-Jan-2012 09:29 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature]
22-Jan-2012 20:02 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
02-Nov-2012 00:51 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2012 00:11 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
27-Mar-2013 12:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]
27-May-2013 05:58 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
24-Jun-2013 10:07 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
26-Jul-2013 13:52 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
21-Aug-2013 21:39 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport]
05-Sep-2013 18:37 angels one five Updated [Operator]
30-Jan-2014 00:09 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Nature]
02-Jun-2015 14:13 Newton Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport]
03-Jan-2016 13:06 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 21:09 JIXN Updated [Operator]
24-Jan-2016 00:42 JINX Updated [Operator]
05-Dec-2017 08:58 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2018 08:19 Nepa Updated [Operator]
11-May-2018 00:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Apr-2019 05:54 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
06-Feb-2021 23:09 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
21-Jul-2022 13:02 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Operator]

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