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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87454
Last updated: 31 May 2020
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Date:21-NOV-1939
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:74 (Tiger) Squadron Royal Air Force (74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9868
C/n / msn: 86
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cherbourg-Octeville, Department of Manche, Normandy -   France
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
K9868 Spitfire Mk I (c/no.86). First Flown 15-2-39. Delivered to 74 Squadron 15-2-39 at RAF Hornchurch, Essex (as "ZP-D"). Written off in a crash landing at Cherbourg-Octeville, Department of Manche, Normandy, France 21-11-39: forced landed in bad weather and overturned on touchdown.

According to the 74 Squadron Operational Record Book/Diary: "On the following day (21-11-39) three Spitfires were on patrol near Cherbourg, but"[all three] "eventually had to force land in France, short of fuel, having been vectored on to 54 Squadron aircraft and straying out of R/T range. Unfortunately Thom wrote his aircraft off. Treacy and Bushell refuelled and took off successfully the following day for the return to Hornchurch. Thom took a slower route home by rail and sea."

"Thom" is identified as being Flt Lt D.S. Thom, a Canadian, and his aircraft was K9868. Damaged airframe recovered to 21 Aircraft Depot 5-12-39. Declared to have been damaged beyond economic repair and Struck Off Charge 9-2-40.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 79)
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2925-Spitfire-K9968
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
4. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?128502-No-74-Squadron-Spitfire
5. http://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/K9868
6. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?p=143378


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2011 01:30 angels one five Added
25-Nov-2011 12:51 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Narrative]
25-Dec-2011 06:04 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature]
10-Jan-2012 16:27 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-Jan-2012 02:23 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
22-Jan-2012 19:55 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
05-May-2012 12:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:27 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
05-Nov-2012 00:05 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
30-Jan-2014 00:06 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
02-Jun-2015 15:47 King Updated [Operator]
01-May-2018 14:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]

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