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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 90288
Last updated: 24 April 2020
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Date:08-SEP-1939
Time:22:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron Royal Air Force (602 (City of Glasgow) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9965
C/n / msn: 177
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Balerno, 12 km SW of Edinburgh, Lothian -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Abbotsinch
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First Flown 5-5-39. Delivered to 602 Squadron at Abbotsinch 10-5-39.

Lost height in turn after night take-off for training flight & flew into ground near Balerno, a suburb of Edinburgh, situated 12 kilometres southwest of the city centre;
Crew:
Sgt (802600) John Martin Cullen BRYDEN (pilot) RAFVR - killed.

Sgt Bryden took off at 22:10 on his first night flight in a Spitfire. He was seen taking off into the darkness, banking at about 500 feet and then the Spitfire dived at full throttle into the ground, creating a fireball visible for miles around. This crash was 602 Squadron’s first fatality of the War.

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Sources:

1. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balerno
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
4. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?17617-What-was-the-first-Spitfire-to-crash-in-Scotland
5. https://www.602squadronmuseum.org.uk/history/roll_of_honour.php
6. http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic541-0-asc-15.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Feb-2011 15:09 angels one five Added
18-Feb-2011 15:12 angels one five Updated [Date]
25-Dec-2011 04:55 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 16:05 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location]
13-Jan-2012 01:48 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
22-Jan-2012 19:40 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
07-May-2012 08:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:45 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
02-Nov-2012 13:19 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2012 02:58 angels one five Updated [Operator]
22-Oct-2013 14:57 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
08-Nov-2013 23:30 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Narrative]
14-Nov-2013 07:04 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
23-Apr-2014 08:59 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Narrative]
29-May-2015 10:56 Angel dot comma Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Nov-2015 08:30 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
11-Nov-2015 13:06 JINX Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 20:44 Angel dick one five Updated [Operator]
23-Jan-2016 14:33 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
19-Jul-2017 09:58 quattro Updated [Location]
19-Dec-2017 01:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2017 01:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Feb-2018 21:45 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]

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