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Last updated: 6 August 2020
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Date:04-SEP-1939
Time:afternoon
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Type 300 prototype
Owner/operator:RAE Farnborough
Registration: K5054
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire
Destination airport:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire
Narrative:
First Flown 5-3-36 at Eastleigh, Southampton, Hampshire. To A&AEE Martlesham Hath, Suffolk, 26-5-36 for trials. Returned to Supermarine 16-6-36 for modifications. To A&AEE 1-7-36 for installation of Merlin F engine and armament. With A&AEE 23-2-37 when force-landed with engine problems at Sutton, Suffolk. On 22-3-37 repairs in works at A&AEE Martlesham Heath. Damaged 25-10-37 when overshot landing and tipped up at Martlesham Heath. On 15-3-38 repaired on site after undercarriage leg collapsed on landing Martlesham Heath. Delivered 23-3-38 to Supermarine for repair and mods. Returned to A&AEE 27-7-38, Transferred to RAE Farnborough 7-11-38 for engine tests

The prototype Spitfire stalled and overturned on landing at Farnborough 4-9-39 and the cockpit was crushed. The pilot, Flt Lt Gilbert Stanbridge White, was killed as a result of the crash. (Died next day in hospital)
R.I.P.

According to "The Spitfire Story" by Alfred Price:

"The flying career of K 5054 came to an end on 4 September 1939, the day after Britain entered the war. Flight Lieutenant 'Spinner' White had been testing some new spark plugs that afternoon and afterwards retumed to Farnborough. He held off a bit too high, the aircraft stalled out and bounced. And as was often the case with a tailwheel aircraft, the bouncing got worse and worse. After two bounces and two leaps into the air, it finally tipped over on to its nose"

Later it says "But 'Spinner' White had suffered serious neck injuries and he died in hospital"

A short obituary appears in "The Times" for 9-10-39:

"Flight Lieutenant Gilbert Standridge White who has died on active service, was for several years an RAF experimental and test pilot. He was commissioned in the RAF as a flying officer in 1924, served at home and in Iraq. and in 1927 qualified as a flying instructor. He was transferred to the Reserves on completing ten years service in November 1934, but was subsequently reappointed in a civil capacity."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)
2. http://www.k5054.com/
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12539-K5054-pilot-killed
5. https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/supermarine-aviation-works/
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Jul-2010 23:20 angels one five Added
04-Jul-2010 23:36 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Dec-2011 04:50 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 15:52 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:43 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
29-Oct-2012 12:16 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
29-Oct-2012 12:16 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
29-Oct-2012 12:34 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
20-Apr-2018 18:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-May-2018 11:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source]

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