Incident Supermarine Spitfire LF. XVIe TD284,
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Date:Tuesday 20 January 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire LF. XVIe
Owner/operator:CFS RAF
Registration: TD284
MSN: CBAF10462
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Little Rissington, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Spitfire TD284: MSN CBAF.10462. Built by CBAF (Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory) with Merlin M266 engine. Delivered to 9MU RAF Cosford, Shropshire 21-3-45. To CGS (Central Gunnery School) RAF Leconfield, Beverley, Yorkshire 11-7-45. To 17 FTS 28-5-46. To CFS (Central Flying School) RAF Little Rissington, Cirencester, Gloucestershire 3-4-47.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 20-1-48 when lost power on take-off, overshot and hit fence at RAF Little Rissington, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

The pilot did not complete his vital actions prior to take-off and left the throttle friction nut untightened. During the take-off, the propellor pitch lever vibrated from the 'fully fine' position, and the throttle also slipped back, leading to a reduction of power during the take-off run.

The pilot realised that the engine was not delivering full power, and attempted to abandon the take-off. The Spitfire then ran off the end of the runway at Little Rissington, and was severely damaged when it crashed through a barbed wire perimeter fence

Damage initially assessed as Cat. C (Repairable) 20-1-48. Repairs on site begun, but later abandoned and aircraft Struck Off Charge 23-2-48 as Cat.E2 (Flying Accident).


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.365
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. ORB CFS RAF for the period 1-4-1946 to 31-12-1950: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR29/1787:

Revision history:

01-May-2023 17:19 Dr. John Smith Added
01-May-2023 20:51 Nepa Updated

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