Accident Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk XIV RM977, Wednesday 9 January 1946
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Date:Wednesday 9 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk XIV
Owner/operator:9 Sqn RIAF
Registration: RM977
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Arabian Sea, off Juhu beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra -   India
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RIAF Santacruz, Maharashtra, Mumbai, India
Destination airport:
Spitfire FR.XIV RM977. Built by Vickers Armstrongs (Supermarine) at Keevil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire with Griffon G65 engine. To 6MU RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire 26-12-44. To 82MU RAF Lichfield, Fradley, Staffordshire 19-1-45 for packing and crating for shipment overseas. Shipped on the ss 'Empire Paragon' 12-2-45, arriving India 11-4-45. To 9 Squadron RIAF by 1-5-45

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 9-1-46: Crashed into the Arabian Sea during pull-up from a dive and sank off Juhu beach, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Pilot drowned and body not found.

Crew of Spitfire RM977
F/O (IND/2359) Sukumar Krishna Mukerjee (pilot, aged 25) RIAF - killed on active service 9-1-46; as stated above, pilot's body not found/not recovered. Commemorated on the Delhi-Karachi 1939-1945 Memorial, New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India

Formally Struck off Charge 31-12-46 as Cat. E (FA). Not 100% confirmed that the Spitfire involved was RM977 - but it is the only 9 Squadron RIAF Spitfire XIV in service in 1945-46 that is unaccounted for.

The accident location of Juhu Beach is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It stretches for six kilometres up to Versova.


1. The Indian Express 10 January 1946, p3
2, The Indian Express 11 January 1946, p3
5. 9 Sqn RIAF ORB for the period 1-5-1945 to 30-6-1947: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR27/139/25:
11. CWGC:


Revision history:

21-Jan-2019 18:27 TB Added
21-Jan-2019 18:36 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2023 13:30 Dr. John Smith Updated
29-Jul-2023 16:38 Dr. John Smith Updated
29-Jul-2023 18:05 Nepa Updated
18-Sep-2023 18:38 Dr. John Smith Updated

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