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