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Belly Landing of Spitfire PR MK XI PA 944. 12th of September in 1944, John S Blyth, who by now had risen in the ranks to Captain, got into trouble while on a reconnaissance mission in Germany. His headset cord got caught in the CO2 manual system for the landing gear and the landing gear got locked up. He flew around trying to get the wheels down and failed. In the end, Blyth was forced to make a belly landing in the Spitfire.




  • John Blyth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    31 October 1943 in F-5A 212322 forced to return to base due to equipment problems and haze. Attempting to land at RAF Thame, did not stop in time and had accident. ...


  • PA944

    Supermarine Spitfire PA944 PR Mk XI, Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory. ...


  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


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20 January 2015 19:18:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations