On 9th October 1943, Supermarine Spitfire BM144 PK-O crash-landed wheels-up near Bangor, Co. Down. The Mark V fighter plane experienced engine trouble on a training flight in the hands of a Polish fighter pilot. Although the plane was written off, Polish Flight Sergeant Kazimierz Lojek (P/733144) of R.A.F. 315 (City of Deblin) Squadron walked away with minor injuries.
Spitfire BM144 had spent most of its time with Polish Squadrons in the Royal Air Force joining R.A.F. 303 Squadron on 30th March 1942. First designated RF-D, the “Donald Duck” Spitfire was 1 of 3 planes flown by Polish Ace Commander Jan Zumbach. It later became RF-H (Halszka), the personal plane of Zygmunt Bieńkowski. Flying Officer Antoni “Toni” Głowacki also flew BM144 while based at R.A.F. Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England. Zumbach scored at least 1 of his 12 victories in this plane.
On 1st June 1943, BM144 transferred to R.A.F. 315 Squadron. During this time, it sustained category CA damage. This meant the Squadron carried out repairs on site but the plane was relegated to use for instruction and training.