Supermarine Spitfire W3937 crash at R.A.F. Ballyhalbert, Co. Down

On 9th September 1943, Supermarine Spitfire W3937 crashed at Ballyhalbert, Co. Down. It would not be the Polish Pilot's last crash in Ulster.

On 9th September 1943, Supermarine Spitfire W3937 PK-N crash-landed at R.A.F. Ballyhalbert, Co. Down. The Mark V fighter was on a training flight in the hands of a Polish pilot of R.A.F. 315 (City of Deblin) Squadron.

The pilot was Sergeant Henryk Andrzej Flegier of the Polish Air Force. While attempting a high-speed landing, Flegier overshot the runway and the plane overturned.

The pilot escaped from the wreckage uninjured although authorities wrote off the destroyed plane. Less than a month later, Flegier would crash another Spitfire at Ballyhalbert Airfield, Co. Down with fatal consequences.

On 5th October 1943, Supermarine Spitfire BL922 PK-I crashed near Ballyhalbert Airfield, Co. Down. The plane lost power on a low-altitude training flight. Authorities listed the Polish pilot as killed in active service.

The 30-year-old pilot was born on 21st December 1912 in Okuniew, Minsk County, Poland. Sergeant Henryk Andrzej Flegier’s grave is in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards, Co. Down.