Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI SL611 of No.603 Sqn, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, crashed on Ill Crag close to Scafell Pike on the 20th November 1947
|Donald James Ott Loudon||Flight Lieutenant||Pilot||Killed|
Flt Lt Loudon an instructor for No.603 Sqn had taken off from RAF Hullavington for a cross-country flight to Turnhouse, now Edinburgh Airport. He had landed at RAF Hawarden near Chester in the late morning to re-fuel before continuing on for Turnhouse. At sometime not long after midday while flying in low cloud SL611 struck Ill Crag and disintegrated killing Flt lt Loudon instantly. The aircraft was reported overdue at Turnhouse and a search commenced for the missing Spitfire, this was hampered by appalling weather. The search had concentrated on the Lake District but the aircraft was not spotted in the poor conditions and the search was after a few days scaled down and then called off. It was on the 1st May 1948 163 days after the aircraft had disappeared that the wreck was discovered by a local farmer’s son out tending sheep.