Accident Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX MK637, Tuesday 22 January 1946
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Date:Tuesday 22 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX
Owner/operator:87 Sqn RAF
Registration: MK637
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Fossabiuba, 25 miles NE of Treviso, Province of Treviso, Veneto Region -   Italy
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Treviso, Province of Treviso, Veneto Region
Destination airport:Treviso airfield, Veneto Region
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
MK637: Spitfire LF.IX, built by CBAF (Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory) with Merlin M66. To 39MU RAF Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire 5-3-44. To 165 Squadron, RAF Culmhead, Somerset coded 'SK-J' 28-3-44. The squadron had moved to RAF Culmhead on 10-3-44, then RAF Predannack, Cornwall on 2-4-44. The squadron was moved to RAF Harrowbeer on 20-6-44, then RAF Detling on 22-6-44, to help combat flying-bomb attacks and provide escort for bomber forces. The squadron was moved to RAF Lympne on 12-7-44 and then back to RAF Detling on 10-8-44. The squadron moved to RAF Bentwaters on 15-12-44, where the squadron was re-equipped with North American Mustangs becoming operational again in February 1945

MK637 was no longer required, and was therefore sent to 9MU RAF Cosford, Shropshire on 23-3-45. To 1 OADU (Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit) 25-4-45. To MAAF (Mediterranean Allied Air Forces) 30-4-45. To 87 Squadron in Italy by/on 1-6-45

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 22-1-46 when hit trees and made a forced landing during low level flying exercise near Fossabiuba, 25 miles North East of Treviso, Province of Treviso, Veneto Region Italy. During aerobatic flying practice, the pilot - Flight Sergeant D R Rust - flew the aircraft to such a low level, that it collided with trees, resulting in an emergency landing.

Not repaired: Struck Off Charge 14-3-46 as Cat. E(FA)


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft MA100-MZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain 1985)
3. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.44
4. 87 Sqn RAF ORB for the period 1-6-1945 to 31-12-1946: National Archives (PRO Kew) file AIR 27/713/35:
5. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.97:


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24-Jul-2023 09:02 Nepa Updated

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