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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 90937
Last updated: 16 June 2020
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Time:18:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:53 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF)
Registration: X4024
C/n / msn: 953
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 South View, Mount Pleasant, Treharris, Merthyr Vale, Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Destination airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Collided with Spitfire X4607 during formation flying practice over Mount Pleasant, crashed on a house at No.1 South View, Mount Pleasant, Treharris, Merthyr Vale, Glamorgan, killing the Canadian pilot of X4024, the pilot of X4067, and three civilians, Alice Cox (aged 33) and her two daughters, Doreen (aged 3) and Phyllis (aged 14), on the ground. Crashed and destroyed by fire. Husband James Cox, who was a shift worker at a munitions factory and was asleep in the house at the time of the crash, was thrown to safety; their three boys, Donald, Thomas and Len, were out playing. Neighbours tried to rescue the family - who had just returned from a shopping trip - but the heat from the fire was too intense.

The bodies of Sgt Manuel and the deceased family members were buried two days later in Ffrwd Cemetery, Merthyr Tydfil, while the body of Sgt Goldberg was interned in the Jewish cemetery at Cefn-coed-y-cymmer. A mural was painted by local school children and unveiled by the Canadian High Commissioner shortly afterwards on the same site, while there is an ongoing campaign by the Cox family for a permanent memorial.
SOC 15/7/41.

Pilot of Spitfire X4024: Sgt Louis Goldberg, RCAF (Service Number R/56185, aged 27) killed


1. Fallen Flyers: Tragedy in the Skies Over Wartime Gower (Wartime Record) Bryngold Books Ltd; First edition (1 May 2005) by Steven H. Jones

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Revision history:

01-May-2013 22:25 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jun-2014 21:06 angels one five Updated [Phase, Narrative]
16-Jul-2015 20:18 Angel dick one Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
01-May-2019 20:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-May-2019 20:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
01-May-2019 20:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]

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