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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Fighter Command Cest
15.09.1942 No 53 OTU Spitfire Ia P9322 Sgt. Stewart Davison

Operation: Training

Date: 15th September 1942 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 53 Operational Training Unit

Type: Spitfire Ia

Serial: P9322

Code: PQ-Not known at this stage

Base: RAF Rhoose (Satellite station)

Location: Llanishen Golf Course

Pilot: Sgt. Stewart Davison 1039474 RAFVR Age 19. Killed


Weather for the training: Good - sky clear - visibility 15-20 miles.

During a routine training flight the pilot was instructed to climb to 25.000 ft then return to base. After approximately 40 minutes the aircraft was seen to be diving steeply at an estimated height of 10.000 ft. Its behaviour during the dive was not observed but shortly afterwards the starboard wing became detached. The pilot seemed to have made no effort to bale out and was killed in the crash on Llanishen Golf Course.

The resulting board of enquiry held on the 06th November 1942 concluded that the pilot who had 152 hours with 7.5 hours on this type of aircraft experience, lost control of the aircraft.

Wing failure occurred due to over stressing during a violent pull out at very high speed - this may have occurred during a badly executed manoeuvre or during an uncontrolled dive after the pilot had passed out due to oxygen failure.

The oxygen bottle and tap was found to have been turned on but a detailed examination of the remainder of the system could not be made due to extensive impact damage.

Note: Aircraft manufactured at Eastleigh Merlin III Engine fitted.

Burial details:

Sgt. Stewart Davison. Consett Blackhill And Blackhill Old Cemetery. Sec. 11. New Ground. Grave 5. Son of Robert and Jessie Armour Davison, of Blackhill, Durham, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to information sent in by Chris Bowles to Aircrew Remembered 2016. Other sources as quoted below:

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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