Spitfire W3937 crash at RAF Ballyhalbert, Co. Down

9th September 2017

On 9th September 1943, RAF Ballyhalbert, Co. Down was the site of the crash of Spitfire W3937. The same Polish pilot would crash again under month later.

On 9th September 1943, Supermarine Spitfire W3937 PK-N crash landed at RAF Ballyhalbert, Co. Down. The Mark V fighter was on a training flight in the hands of a Polish pilot of RAF 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 at RAF Ballyhalbert, Co. Down 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 with fatal consequences.

On 5th October 1943, Supermarine Spitfire BL922 PK-I crashed near RAF Ballyhalbert, 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.

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