Accident Supermarine Spitfire Mk I K9794, Tuesday 10 January 1939
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Date:Tuesday 10 January 1939
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I
Owner/operator:19 Sqn RAF
Registration: K9794
MSN: 8
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Digby, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Digby, Scopwick, Lincolnshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Supermarine Spitfire K9794 (c/no. 8 - the 8th production Spitfire)
18/08/38: Delivered to 19 Squadron, RAF Duxford. Known to have been frequently flown by the Commanding Officer of 19 Squadron, Sqn/Leader H.I. Cozens (see link #2). Coded "WZ-T" from October 1938; During the Munich crisis of 1938, 19 Squadron prepared for a potential war by toning down the national markings - specifically the roundels - to the "National Marking I" scheme consisting of the Red/Blue roundel in 4 positions on the top of the wings and sides of the fuselage. Additionally, the undersides were painted Night (Black)/White, but due to balance concerns the ailerons and elevators remained Aluminum Dope. K9794 was delivered, and probably operated its entire career, with a Merlin II engine fitted with the two-blade fixed pitch propeller. It had the original pole radio aerial mast for the HF TR9D radio.
10/01/39: Undercarriage struck a fence on overshoot and subsequently collapsed on landing at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire. Although K9794 was frequently the "C. O's kite" (as per link #2) on the occasion of its crash, the pilot was F/O R. Marples (see link #3).
18/04/39: Struck off charge as Cat. E (total time on airframe 36.35 hours)


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1973 page 79)


Spitfire K9794 of 19 Squadron, RAF Duxford, September 1938: RAF FIGHTER COMMAND RAF FIGHTER COMMAND © IWM (CH 19)

Revision history:

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13-Jan-2012 02:00 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature]
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05-May-2012 10:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-May-2012 10:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Narrative]
30-May-2012 00:06 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
04-Nov-2012 03:34 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
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16-Feb-2018 17:44 Nepa Updated [Operator]
22-Mar-2018 19:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-May-2023 16:46 Dr. John Smith Updated

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