Incident Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk VIII MD402,
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Date:Tuesday 8 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk VIII
Owner/operator:10 Sqn RIAF
Registration: MD402
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Yedashe, Taungoo District, Bago Region, Burma -   Myanmar
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Cox's Bazaar, British India (now Bangladesh)
Destination airport:RAF Hmawbi, Indan, Hmawbi, Burma
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
MD402: Spitfire LF.VIII, built at Vickers Armstrongs (Supermarine) at Eastleigh, Hampshire with Merlin M66 engine. To 9MU RAF Cosford, Shropshire 12-3-44. To 215MU RAF Locharbriggs, Dumfries 26-3-44 for packing and crating for shipment overseas. Shipped on the SS 'Shahzada' 8-4-44, arriving India 20-5-44. To 10 Squadron RIAF at RIAF Yelahanka, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by/on 1-5-45

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 8-1-46 when engine failed and aircraft belly-landed at Yedashe, Taungoo District, Bago Region, Burma (at approx. coordinates 19,18 North, 96.17 East). The engine overheated and "boiled" the glycol coolant, releasing fumes which entered the cockpit. The pilot therefore shut down the engine and made an immediate 'engine out' forced landing at Yedashe.

Crew of Spitfire MD403
Flying Officer (IND/2459) Roshan Lal Suri. RIAF (pilot, aged 26 at the time) - survived uninjured.

This was not the first accident involving this pilot: he had previously been the pilot of Spitfire MD291 which was involved in a collision with Spitfire MV245 at RAF Hmawbi, Burma on 19-12-45 (see separate entry)

Spitfire MD402 was not repaired; Struck Off Charge 14-2-46 as Cat. E(FA)

Yedashe is a town in Taungoo District, Bago Region in Myanmar. It is the administrative seat of Yedashe Township.


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.29
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft MA100-MZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. 10 Sqn RIAF ORB for the period 1-5-1945 to 31-7-1947: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR27/156/3:
5. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.93:


Revision history:

29-Jul-2023 17:27 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Jul-2023 18:03 Nepa Updated

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