Incident Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk XVIII SG-37,
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Date:Friday 14 January 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk XVIII
Owner/operator:Belgisch Militaire Vliegwezen
Registration: SG-37
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Koksijde Air Base, Koksijde, Arrondissement of Veurne, West Flanders -   Belgium
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Koksijde Air Base, Belgium
Destination airport:Koksijde Air Base, (EBFN)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
RM860: Spitfire FR. XIV, built by Vickers Armstrong (Supermarine) with Griffon G65 engine. To 6 MU RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire 27-10-44. To 430 (City of Sudbury) Squadron, RCAF in November 1944.

No. 430 Squadron RCAF was a unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force formed during World War II as the "City of Sudbury" squadron in 1943. Initially created as an army co-operation squadron, 430 was redesignated as a fighter reconnaissance unit later that year. The unit was stationed in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, and flew photo reconnaissance missions in support of planning for the Normandy landings. After D-Day, missions included before-and-after photography of attacks on V-1 flying bomb launch sites and support for ground forces. 430 Squadron was disbanded in Germany in August 1945

Presumed stored until taken on charge by the Belgian Air Force (Belgisch Militaire Vliegwezenas) as SG-37 on 23-4-48

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 14-1-49 in a ground collision with Spitfire SG-46 on landing at Koksijde Air Base, Koksijde, Arrondissement of Veurne, West Flanders, Belgium

Not repaired; struck off charge in March 1949 and allocated to become a ground instructional airframe at the Saffraanberg Technical School (fuselage only) and one wing to Royal Army museum's SG-55.

The name 'Belgische Luchtmacht' is officially introduced on January 15, 1949 (the day after the above incident). Before then it was called 'Belgisch Militair Vliegwezen'.


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Revision history:

13-Aug-2023 20:30 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Aug-2023 20:31 Dr. John Smith Updated
20-Aug-2023 09:05 Nepa Updated

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