Spitfire P7154

Sandwood Bay, Caithness













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: Supermarine Spitfire XVI at Duxford, September 2006.


spitfire mk xvi at duxford in september 2006


Photo: 2006 Taken by Chowells, Noise reduction and shadows lifted by Diliff. Original image here


Licensed for use under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.5






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk I / R7154



Aircraft Type Nickname: "The Spit".

Designed by R J Mitchell, the elliptical-winged Supermarine Spitfire was one of the most capable and effective fighters of WWII. It was produced in a number of variants, and with different power plants and armaments. The Spitfire was considered a high performing, agile and stable fighter platform. Ultimately, 20,000 Spitfires and Sea Spitfires (or 'Seafires'; the naval variant) were produced.

The Spitfire first entered service with the RAF at Duxford in August, 1938, and many subsequent variants were produced.

During the Battle of Britain, Mk I Spitfires were outnumbered by Hawker Hurricanes. Nevertheless, the Spitfires were usually considered as the most deadly aircraft in the skies above Britain.

The Mark I Spitfire featured here was equipped with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. (Griffon engines were fitted to later Marks.)



BELOW: RAF Spitfires in flight


raf spitfires in flight


Photo: As a work of the U.S. Federal Government, the image is in the public domain.






Aircraft Accident Details                      


Spitfire R7154 was being operated by 124 Squadron RAF. While on a flight over the north-west of Scotland, close to Cape Wrath, the engine failed. The pilot force-landed the Spitfire on the beach at Sandwood Bay.


The aircraft was lost in the incident, but fortunately the pilot escaped serious injury.


This aircraft was one of the Presentation Spitfires paid for by voluntary contributions from people throughout many UK towns and villages.






Aircraft Pilot


The pilot who escaped in this incident was:


Sgt Kilburn






Crash Site Photos


At the moment, there are no onsite photos of this aircraft. However, photos of the propeller blade and engine fragments can be seen at Adrian Wain's website here, here and here





Photo Request


If anyone is able to provide photos of this crash site at Sandwood Bay, these would be much appreciated.

















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 30 Sep 1941

(Struck of Charge: 30 Mar 1942)


Accident Site:

Sandwood Bay


Region: Highland (Caithness / North-West Sutherland)


Nearest town or village:



Nearest large town:

None in this general area. Nearest available: Tongue (E)


OS Grid Ref: N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Fragmented propeller and engine parts appear occasionally from beneath the sand, depending on tidal conditions. etc. For much of the time, however, these fragments lie hidden from view.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: R7154


Operator:  RAF (124 (Baroda) Squadron)


Operating Station: RAF Castletown (X6CT) (RAF No. 13 Group Fighter Operations; Base for protection of Scapa Flow.)


Station Location: Castletown, Thurso, Scotland.


Current Station Status: Military Airport closed 1945. Continued in use for civil light aircraft until 2003. Now disused.


Airfield Archaeological Notes:

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