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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138119
Last updated: 2 August 2020
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Date:01-OCT-1939
Time:17:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Royal Air Force (603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1047
C/n / msn: 262
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
Destination airport:RAF Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
Narrative:
First Flown 5/7/39. L1046 & L1047 were originally built to an order placed on 8/7/39? from the Estonian Air Force for 12 Spitfires, but diverted to the RAF production due to the escalation of hostilities. (With the outbreak of war British military exports were curtailed on 13th September 1939).

Delivered instead to the RAF at Turnhouse, Edinburgh for 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron 18-9-39, and coded 'XT-M'. Written off 1-10-39 in the following accident:

F/O (Pilot) JAMES ALEXANDER BROWNLIE (Young Hamish, as he was known by the family) SOMERVILLE, 90196, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force), Killed In Flying Accident. Killed in Spitfire I L1047, which had L1059 land on it at night while with 603 Sqdn at Grangemouth on this date. The pilot of L1047 was killed in this accident. Scotland's people certainly has the death of James Alexander Brownlie Somerville (age 26) registered in Grangemouth, Stirling in 1939) on 01/10/1939, whilst with 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron.......from his nephew, whose father, Bill, did set down the family history as far as he knew personally. 'Hamish was killed as a Flying Officer.... He had just landed on the airfield when another fighter landed on top of him and decapitated him'.....from Peter Connon, the collision happened at newly opened RAF Grangemouth (now covered by the BP oil refinery) and the other aircraft (L1059) was a Spitfire of 609 Sqn? (? Spitfire production list shows 603 Sqn. for L1059) based at RAF Catterick, Yorkshire"

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aurcraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. Richard Hillary: The Authorised Biography of a Second World War Fighter By David Ross
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p002.html
4. https://www.warbirdsforum.com/topic/1048-spitfire-no-l1047/
5. http://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/L1047
6. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13818-Spitfire-L1059
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2451821/somerville,-james-alexander-brownlie/
8. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?126844-Spitfire-L1059-Dig-Last-Weekend


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Aug-2011 19:08 angels one five Added
25-Dec-2011 05:55 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Nature]
28-Dec-2011 05:58 Nepa Updated [Operator]
10-Jan-2012 16:14 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature]
13-Jan-2012 01:50 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport]
22-Jan-2012 19:44 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
07-May-2012 12:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:33 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
28-Oct-2012 14:11 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 17:15 Nepa Updated [Location]
24-Jun-2013 10:16 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
23-Jul-2013 17:20 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2013 20:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
18-Aug-2013 13:15 angels one five Updated [Location]
20-Aug-2013 23:23 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
24-Aug-2013 08:15 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
30-Sep-2013 22:04 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
12-Oct-2013 20:52 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
18-Dec-2013 18:11 Nepa Updated [Operator]
01-Mar-2014 22:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
23-Apr-2014 09:02 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
29-May-2015 06:35 Angel dot comma Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
24-Jan-2016 19:52 JIXN Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source]
15-Feb-2018 08:01 Nepa Updated [Operator]
01-May-2018 11:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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