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
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.
The pilot who escaped in this incident was:
Crash Site Photos
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)
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.
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.)
Current Station Status: Military Airport closed 1945. Continued in use for civil light aircraft until 2003. Now disused.
Airfield Archaeological Notes:
Accident Specific Links
(Remaining Wreckage Photos at Adrian Wain's Website)
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Sandwood Bay, Caithness