On 5th September 1943, Supermarine Spitfire EP280 PK-Y crash-landed at R.A.F. Ballyhalbert, Co. Down. The Mark V fighter plane was on a training flight in the hands of a Polish fighter pilot.
The Spitfire experienced engine trouble on a training flight and the R.A.F. had the plane written off after the accident. Polish Air Force pilot Sergeant R. Sadowski of R.A.F. 315 (City of Deblin) Squadron escaped with some injuries.