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Old 4th May 2021, 16:56
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Hi many years ago I had a color photo of a Spitfire that had forced landed on a golf course . This was in the 60s?? I think. Does anybody know which aircraft this may have been???.
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In the 1950s a BBMF Spitfire landed on the Oxo cricket pitch at Bromley - it was SL574, now in the San Diego Aerospace Museum. That the one?

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Hi many years ago I had a color photo of a Spitfire that had forced landed on a golf course . This was in the 60s?? I think. Does anybody know which aircraft this may have been???.
Probably a Mark Fore.
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The stumps are at Halton I believe


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Looks like the pilot got caught out. But he didn’t bail out...
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The stumps left a crease in the wing... (three in fact)
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Reminds me of a young student at RAF Ternhill in 1956 who got lost in a Piston Provost, turned 180 degrees the wrong way when he requested a bearing from Ternhill, then ran out of fuel north of Liverpool. His forced landing went well until he hit the only telegraph pole in the field when the aircraft had almost stopped. The fire engine that was rushing to the accident turned over and then the “brave” survivor after deciding to protect his aeroplane stopped a local policeman from coming too close. The student left to become an equipment officer after the accident.
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The stumps left a crease in the wing... (three in fact)
Allegedly
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Hope he finished his Mayday call with "over and out".
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Back in the bar and telling the tale of “derring do”, he managed to bowl a maiden over!
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Back in the bar and telling the tale of “derring do”, he managed to bowl a maiden over!
Did bad light stop play?
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Old 5th May 2021, 23:36
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Stumped for information

Sept 1959 forced landing after engine failure (fuel selection problem) after Battle of Britain 'London' flypast and en route to Biggin.
Mega thread on another forum some years ago which even provided suitable diagram of MK 16 fuel system to explain the reason.
This had prompted the grounding of Merlin Fighters over London for years despite it not being an 'engine' issue. Aircraft now in San Diego aircraft museum complete with three stump marks on wing. Some post war MK 16 machines had an extra fuel tank and associated selector switch. Not all pilots were familiar with this set up.
Former cricket pitch now training ground for Millwall football club. Spitfires strictly PPR nowadays.
Pilot was VSO and became OC 11 group. Had fantastic war record including fighting the Japs trying to overrun jungle airstrips.
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another forum some years ago which even provided suitable diagram of MK 16 fuel system to explain the reason
Think it may be understandable. The main fuel cock was below the instrument panel between the pilots knees, the rear tank cock was on the left and the drop tank cock on the right of the pilot. The manual notes (1949) that the rear tank use was prohibited and mishandling of the cocks may allow air to be drawn into the fuel lines. From the manual.



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AS originally supplied by Peter Arnold in another forum

This was a 'lively' debate with forum members trying to re-enact the event with models and matchsticks. When more images of the recovery came along this sparked yet more debate on the various cranes and Standard Vanguards. The 'stumps' had been at AHB but ended up at Halton. SL574 was photographed in the workshops being attended to.
What is needed now is for someone to do some imaging at San Diego with sideways lighting on the affected wing area !!!
I await the results with interest.
SL574 had ample fuel on board at the time but gauging and tank selection was the issue. This was on the Sunday after the Biggin Hill 'AT HOME' event and 574 was only minutes away from getting there in company with Hurricane LF363 after leading the flypast over London.
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