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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 90049
Last updated: 1 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI
Owner/operator:8 (C) Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (8 (C) OTU RAF)
Registration: EN662
C/n / msn: 4452
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off Aberdeen, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Dyce, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Destination airport:RAF Dyce
On 18/12/44 Flight Lieutenant David Crook was undergoing training in photographic reconnaissance with No. 8 Operational Training Unit at Dyce.

He took off on a clear morning to fly an exercise in the local area, returning to base briefly to have a technical fault in his Spitfire rectified.
He took off again and failed to return. A Spitfire was seen diving into the sea from high altitude.
It is presumed that a fault in the supplementary oxygen system caused David Crook to lose consciousness.
His body was never found and he is remembered on the RAF Memorial to the missing at Runnymede.

In 1942 he had written a book ' Spitfire Pilot ', recounting his experiences when flying with No. 609 (West Riding) Squadron in the Battle of Britain.
F/Lt (90478) David Moore Crook DFC RAF


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Revision history:

12-Feb-2011 23:50 angels one five Added
13-Feb-2011 14:22 angels one five Updated [Cn, Operator, Narrative]
27-Dec-2011 04:07 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
10-Nov-2012 03:03 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Narrative]
09-Sep-2013 14:21 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
28-Feb-2015 08:41 Victor I Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
09-Aug-2019 20:33 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]

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