ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87419
Last updated: 15 June 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:21-FEB-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron Royal Air Force (616 (South Yorkshire) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9810
C/n / msn: 19
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 12 miles ESE of Hornsea, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Delivered to 66 Squadron as 'RB-S' 31-10-38. To RAE Farnborough 17-4-39. To 19 Squadron as 'WZ-R'. To 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron 15-11-39 as 'YQ-R'. Written off (destroyed) 21-2-40.

Flight Lt Anthony Wilson went missing in K9810 while leading Blue section of 616 Squadron off Flamborough Head on 21-2-40, aircraft descended through mist to locate the convoy they were covering and was never seen again. Aircraft destroyed. SOC.

The official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/92) states "Flight Lieutenant A N Wilson: missing presumed dead; Spitfire K9810 failed to return from an operational flight, 21 February 1940". Most published sources give the crash location as "North Sea, 12 miles south south east of Hornsea" [East Yorkshire] as that was the last sighted location of Spitfire K9810.

Pilot: Flight Lt (Service Number 90300) Anthony Neville Wilson RAF (aged 33) - killed. Since no trace of the aircraft or its pilot was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
R.I.P.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 79)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/92: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141914
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531788/wilson,-anthony-neville/
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html


Related books:

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Jan-2011 03:57 angels one five Added
25-Dec-2011 10:03 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
12-Jan-2012 00:40 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
17-Jan-2012 04:43 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
22-Jan-2012 20:20 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
04-Nov-2012 13:39 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2012 00:19 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
11-Nov-2012 23:46 angels one five Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 18:29 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
23-Oct-2013 09:46 angels one five Updated [Operator, Source]
02-Jun-2015 10:26 Coumes Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Apr-2019 05:19 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
06-Jun-2019 02:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description