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Narrative:JF831: Spitfire LF. VIII, MSN EA.4655. Built by Vickers Armstrongs (Supermarine) at Eastleigh, Hampshire with Merlin M66 engine. First Flown at Eastleigh 18-8-43. To 6MU RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire 20-8-43. To 222MU RAF North Luffenham 29-8-43 for packing and crating for shipment overseas. Shipped on the SS 'Malancha' 16-9-43, arriving India 3-11-43. To 132RSU (Repair & Salvage Unit) at Barrackpore, India in November 1943. As per the ORB file in the National Archives at Kew: "132 Repair and Salvage Unit, based at Barrackpore and Tulihal (India) then Burma (RSU)". Not certain if Spitfire JF831 was ever issued for operational squadron service, or if it spent its entire operational career with 132 RSU.
|Date:||Tuesday 8 January 1946|
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk VIII
|Owner/operator:||132 RSU RAF|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||RAF Mingaladon, near Rangoon, Burma -
|Phase:|| Take off|
|Departure airport:||RAF Mingaladon, Burma|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 8-1-46 when engine failed on takeoff from RAF Mingaladon, near Rangoon, Burma. The engine failed on takeoff, and the pilot retracted the undercarriage to facilitate an immediate 'straight ahead' 'engine out' landing within the boundaries of RAF Mingaladon
Not repaired; Struck Off Charge 31-1-46 as Cat. E
After 1947, RAF Mingaladon was the site of Yangon Airport; Rangoon was renamed Yangon, and Burma was renamed Myanmar
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.37
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.93: https://air-britain.com/pdfs/aeromilitaria/Aeromilitaria_1979.pdf
5. 132 RSU RAF ORB for the period 1-11-1943 to 31-3-1946: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR29/807/1: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7161492