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History Air Crashes of WWII

Allied - Spitfire Mk PR V1 X4492

REF NR: 1934

1. 22nd April 1942, saw the arrival of an unexpected wheels up landing from a photo reconnaissance spitfire in the south copse of Sandown airfield.The aircraft, flying from Benson, was piloted by P/O F.J. Blackwood and had suffered an internal (Glycol) coolant failure in the engine.

According to eye witnesses it bore a light colour scheme, as was the norm for this type of reconnaissance aircraft. Latterly the aircraft was recovered and went back into service 29th June 1942. The spitfire had actually been built over in Eastleigh as Mk f1a and first flew in 1940. It went on to have a fairly long career ending up in Canada flying with the RCAF and subsequently over Lake Winnipeg on the 9th July 1945 where it was flown on operation "Eclipse". It attained a record height at the time of 35,000 feet, photographing the solar eclipse which later appeared in "Life" magazine. 

   Note: All images are merely representative of the aircraft and not specific.