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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168001
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa
Owner/operator:266 (Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (266 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P8034
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea, about 10 miles SE of Dover -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Wittering
The Wing Commander Flying at Wittering was leading one of his squadrons on an offensive sweep.
About 10 miles from Dover the Wingco's Spitfire was seen to roll inverted and fall into a spin. The spin was not recovered from and the Spitfire crashed in the sea.
It was believed that loss of consciousness caused by oxygen system failure was the reason for this accident.
W/ Cdr ( 05201) William Edwin COOPE (pilot) RAF - killed


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Revision history:

21-Jul-2014 07:05 angels one five Added
02-Jun-2015 13:00 Charlie Harper Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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