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Date:30-MAR-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:41 Squadron Royal Air Force (41 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9855
MSN: 68
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Catterick
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
First Flown 26 Jan 1939, delivered to 41 Squadron 4 Feb 1939 at RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire.

Written off (damaged beyond economic repair) when it overshot the runway on landing at RAF Catterick 'under no wind conditions [with the] ground wet after rain" [AM1180 Flying Accident Card]. The aircraft hit the airfield boundary hedge and tipped onto its nose, 30 Nov 1939.

The pilot was 33403 Plt Off Peter Reginald Whalley WICKHAM (26 Mar 1918-29 Apr 1970), who was on his first operational posting, to 41 Squadron RAF, since graduating RAF College, Cranwell, in Dec 1938. This was only Wickham's eighth hour on the Spitfire and the cause was determined to be 'inexperience on type' [AM1180 Flying Accident Card]. He was not injured.

Though dying at the age of 52, Wickham had an illustrious 24-year career with the RAF, and became a fighter Ace of over 17 victories. He was awarded a DFC in Jul 1941, a second in Aug 1942, a DSO in Aug 1945, and a U.S. Silver Star in Jun 1946. He commanded several squadrons in the UK, Middle East and Far East, worked in the Air Ministry, and was for a period in the late 1950s the British Air Attaché in Berne, Switzerland. He retired as a Group Captain in Mar 1961.

Spitfire I, K9855, was later coded 'DL-R' and assigned to Ground Instructional Duties on 6 Nov 1939. To 1646M at 1AAS Manby, Lincolnshire, and struck off charge 6 Nov 1939.

Sources:

1. AM1180 Flying Accident Card, RAF Museum, Hendon
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p001.html
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12516-41-Sq-Spitfire-forced-landing-before-WW2-N.Yorkshire (rtrvd Aug 22)
5. http://brew.clients.ch/pilotsw23-39.htm#WICKHAM (rtrvd Aug 22)
6. Biplane Fighter Aces from the Second World War, The Commonwealth, ‘Wing Commander Peter Reginald Whalley Wickham DSO DFC and Bar, RAF no. 33403’, http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/commonwealth_wickham.htm (rtrvd Aug 22)
7. Group Captain Peter Reginald Whalley Wickham DSO DFC* USA Silver Star, https://www.americanairmuseum.com/sites/default/files/media/media-51028.pdf & https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/241076 (rtrvd Aug 22)


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jan-2011 20:28 angels one five Added
06-Jan-2011 20:30 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
20-Nov-2011 11:45 angels one five Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Narrative]
25-Dec-2011 05:59 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport]
10-Jan-2012 16:21 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport]
15-Jan-2012 02:17 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature]
22-Jan-2012 19:48 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
07-May-2012 13:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
05-Nov-2012 00:04 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
10-Oct-2013 08:28 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
16-Nov-2013 08:44 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
29-Jan-2014 23:49 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 20:16 Gun Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jun-2018 21:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 05:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]
06-Feb-2021 21:45 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
04-Aug-2022 09:10 Steve Brew Updated [Date, Source, Narrative, Photo]

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