Accident Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MH909, Friday 4 January 1946
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Date:Friday 4 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX
Owner/operator:80 OTU RAF
Registration: MH909
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Ouston, Stamfordham, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Ouston, Stamfordham, Northumberland
Destination airport:RAF Ouston, Stamfordham, Northumberland
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Spitfire MH909: built at Vickers Armstrongs (Supermarine) at CBAF (Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory) with Merlin 63 engine. Delivered to the RAF at 33 MU Lyneham, Wiltshire 29-9-43. To 165 Squadron at RAF Ibsley, Hampshire coded 'SK-B' 8-10-43. Cat C (Repairable) damaged on operations 4-2-44. Repaired on site. To 229 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch, Essex 29-5-44 coded "9R-B". To 310 (Czech) Squadron RAF Manston, Maidstone, Kent 22-3-45 coded "HL", flown by W/Cdr Jaroslav Hlado, CBE, DSO, DFC. To 80 OTU RAF Ouston, Northumberland on or after 7-8-45 when 310 (Czech) Squadron moved to Hildesheim, Germany. Coded "3H-C" when with 80 OTU.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 4-1-46 when engine failed on take-off at RAF Ouston, Northumberland at an altitude of just 6 feet agl (above ground level). Pilot raised undercarriage to facilitate an emergency stop. Airframe damage assessed as Cat. E 4-1-46, and Spitfire MH909 was Struck Off Charge on 28-2-46.

No. 80 Operational Training Unit RAF which specialized in the training of French pilots on Spitfires, came to RAF Ouston from RAF Morpeth in July 1945 and flew from here prior to disbanding in March 1946.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1988 p 29)
2. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.25 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
3. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.26
5. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.93:


Revision history:

29-May-2021 22:30 Dr. John Smith Added
30-May-2021 09:28 Kvit Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]
30-Jul-2023 20:04 Dr. John Smith Updated
18-Sep-2023 13:00 Dr. John Smith Updated

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