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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 90983
Last updated: 6 September 2020
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Date:07-NOV-1941
Time:12:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Owner/operator:53 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (53 OTU RAF)
Registration: X4772
C/n / msn: 1294
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cefncarnau, on Caerphilly Mountain, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Llandow, Glamorgan
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Spitfire Mk.1a X4772: First Flown 13-11-40. Delivered to the RAF at 8 MU Little Rissington 14-11-40. First issued to 152 Squadron 1-12-40. transferred to 53 OTU 24-6-41

Written off (destroyed) 7-11-41: In good weather on 7 November 1941, the pilot began a one-hour training flight in a Supermarine Spitfire which consisted of 45 minutesí formation flying followed by 15 minutesí individual aerobatics. At 12.50 pm he crashed into Cefncarnau, on Caerphilly Mountain. The official investigation concluded that he climbed steeply after low flying and stalled at the top of the climb. The engine cut out and the aircraft spun, bursting into flames on impact with the ground. Struck off charge 12-11-41. Pilot - Sgt. Ivan Raymond TRAFFORD, RCAF (R/63053) - was killed

Ivanís body was taken to Caerphilly Minersí Hospital. He was buried in Llantwit Major. A memorial has been erected to commemorate his loss. The idea for the memorial took root after Harry Lewis and Matthew Ferris found a police report on the accident in the Glamorgan Archives. Harry Lewis was a schoolboy in 1941, and died in 2010. Mr Ferris, a teacher at St Martinís School in Caerphilly, took the project forward to completion, with the help of the Caerphilly branch of the Royal British Legion. The memorial features a replica Spitfire propeller, mounted on stone reclaimed from a local primary school.

Sources:

1. Halley, J, 1984, Air Britain, Royal Air force Aircraft X1000 - X9999, Z1000 - Z9999, p 17
2. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Sites%20in%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p015.html
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2717412/trafford,-ivan-raymond/
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?24378-1941-Unaccounted-Airmen-Database-Reconciliation/page7&p=142613#post142613
6. https://www.stmartins.caerphilly.sch.uk/news/?pid=9&nid=1&storyid=12
7. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2717412
8. http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=canadian-spitfire-pilot-memorial-caerphilly


Images:


From I series of images I took on my visit 5 years ago.


20 April 2020. Caerphilly mountain

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-May-2019 01:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-May-2019 01:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date]
24-May-2019 01:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
24-May-2019 18:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
25-May-2019 11:06 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
22-Oct-2019 16:21 Davies 62 Updated [Photo]
21-Apr-2020 12:20 Anon. Updated [Photo]

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