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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:41 Squadron Royal Air Force (41 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9849
C/n / msn: 62
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Catterick
Destination airport:RAF Catterick
Spitfire Mk I K9849 (c/n 62 - 62nd production Spitfire of the first production batch of 310).
19-01-39: First flown at Eastleigh, Southampton, Hampshire.
26-01-39: Delivered to RAF Catterick for 41 Squadron and coded "DL-N'.
14-09-39: Written off in a crash at RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire.
15-09-39: K9849 Struck Off Charge. Total Flying Hours 132:10.

On Thursday, 14-09-39, the pilot of this 41 Squadron aircraft was taking off into a slight wind blowing from the north. The aircraft failed to climb above twelve feet after becoming airborne and struck the tower of the Watch Office on the northern boundary of the airfield and crashed just behind it.
AC.1 George Marshall (328832) was at his post in the Watch Office at the time of the crash and saw the aircraft approach. He was left to duck for cover as it struck the top of the building. The wreckage caught fire immediately and the pilot could not be rescued because of the fire. It was later thought that he had been killed instantly as a result of the impact. It was also thought that he had lost control while taking off. This was 41 Squadron's first fatal accident of the War.

Pilot: Pilot Officer John James Hawke Copley RAF (Service Number 41258), aged 18, of Newton, Cambridgeshire. Buried Newton Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 79)

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05-Jan-2011 22:42 angels one five Added
07-Sep-2011 02:22 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
07-Sep-2011 02:27 angels one five Updated [[Narrative]]
25-Dec-2011 05:52 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
25-Dec-2011 05:53 Nepa Updated [Nature]
10-Jan-2012 16:07 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
13-Jan-2012 09:24 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
22-Jan-2012 19:42 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
07-May-2012 08:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:46 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Location]
29-Oct-2012 02:25 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
28-Nov-2012 17:53 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
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18-Aug-2013 13:14 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
08-Nov-2013 23:33 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 20:14 Gun Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2018 21:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2019 00:12 angels one five Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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