IAF, IA and IN Aircraft Losses Database


1944 : 5 1945 : 31 1946 : 70 1947 : 38 1948 : 2 1949 : 3 1950 : 5 1951 : 4 1952 : 5 1953 : 10 1954 : 2 1955 : 1

A total of 176 Accidents and Losses are listed.


DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewPhotoUnitRemarks
26 Jan 44 Spitfire P8665 Fg Offr Ikbal Narayan Shivpuri
61OTU lost way in bad weather and cr in Wales
16 May 44 Spitfire P8213 Fg Offr George Vurghese*
61OTU MaC spit - other ac ok serial not sure
10 Sep 44 Spitfire EP133 Plt Offr Rajendar Singh Sandhu*
Click to View Record 53OTU Cr at Crowle
17 Oct 44 Spitfire VIIIc LV738 WO W F Stroud* RAF
8 Engine cut on approach, Crashed
14 Nov 44 Spitfire VIIIc MA672 Fg Offr S A Hussain
Click to View Record 8 engine rough at 300' after TO, belly landed Cat E
07 Jan 45 Spitfire VIIIc LV663 Fg Offr Kuldip Singh Thandi
8 hit by MD332 while taxying after landing Cat E
11 Jan 45 Spitfire VIIIc LV646 Flt Lt D E Colebroke RAF
8 Inadvertant wheels up landing at 'George' Nidanai
11 Jan 45 Spitfire VIIIc MD343 Plt Offr E Artus RAF
8 heavy landing downwind at George Airstrip, Nidania
15 Jan 45 Spitfire Vc MA364 Flt Lt Hrushikesh Moolgavkar
Click to View Record 4 engine failed onTO from beach strip, landed wheels
01 Mar 45 Spitfire VIIIc JF778
8 engine cut, undershot runway, forced landing. acwo
06 Mar 45 Spitfire VIIIc MT967
Crashed unk unit
25 Mar 45 Spitfire VIIIc JF625 Plt Offr S Banerji
8 engine failure at 8000 feet, forcelanding in openc
01 Apr 45 Spitfire XIVe Fg Offr S M Zahid*
8 missing from ops in Kyaukpyu area
15 May 45 Spitfire Vc JL768
22AACU DrighRoad, ac caught fire during engine test run o
27 May 45 Spitfire VIIIc JG478 Flt Lt D M Finn RAF
4 Night flying, unable to locate a/f , landed on roa
28 May 45 Spitfire VIIIc MT966
4 Crashed
10 Jun 45 Spitfire VIIIc JG171 Plt Offr John Jasper Bouche
Click to View Record 8 Overshot landing without flaps, ran into ditch, uc
11 Jun 45 Spitfire VIII MT840
Ranchi - ac FL affter engine failed at 5000 ft
15 Jun 45 Spitfire VIII MT740
9 Hmawbi - forclanded in bad weather
18 Jun 45 Spitfire VIII MD331 P/O Yeshwant Ramachandra Agtey
Click to View Record Yelahanka - eng failure on takeoff pilot crashland
28 Jun 45 Spitfire XIVe ?? Plt Offr Rodney Godfrey Buchanan*
4 Cr in Air to ground firing range
09 Jul 45 Spitfire VIIIc JF764 Plt Offr S K Kaul
151OTU retd RAF Crashed
19 Jul 45 Spitfire XIV RN189
No details exist but Cat E after accident
30 Jul 45 Spitfire VIIIc JG620 Fg Offr Yeshwant Ramachandra Agtey
Click to View Record 4 tail chasing, stuck tail of JF883 (F/O TN Ghadiok
01 Aug 45 Spitfire VIII F/O Sardar Shah Muhammad Zahid
Click to View Record 8 No details
04 Aug 45 Spitfire VIIIc MT557 Fg Offr R S Shipurkar
8 overshot landing after Ops, went into ditch after
25 Sep 45 Spitfire Plt Offr Bhaskar Dutt*
Click to View Record 151OTU 31PC Killed in Spitfire Crash
28 Sep 45 Spitfire VIII MD386
Mingaladon - ac fuel pump failure and BL
05 Oct 45 Spitfire VIIIc MV231 Fg Offr J S Ingle
Click to View Record 9 BL at Jhagpani, Bihar
08 Oct 45 Spitfire VIII MT837 Fg Offr A K S Ahmed
9 75m W of Ranchi damaged by expl debris from grd BL
29 Oct 45 Spitfire VIII MT732
151OTU Peshawar - ac bl after emergency landing
08 Nov 45 Spitfire VIII MT839 Plt Offr L Prince-Forster
4 Overshot ldg at Willingdon into Ditch Cat B
23 Nov 45 Spitfire VIII JG320
151OTU Peshawar bounced on ldg lost tyre uc collapse and
28 Nov 45 Spitfire XIV TZ153
Kohat - ac stalled on approach and landed uc colla
20 Dec 45 Spitfire VIIIc MD291 Fg Offr R L Suri
Click to View Record 10 Hit by Spitfire MV245 at Hmawbi Cat E
20 Dec 45 Spitfire VIIIc MT878
10 Damaged beyond repair in accident - Det Unknown
08 Jan 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD402 Fg Offr R L Suri
Click to View Record 10 engine trouble, bl in field 19.18N 90.17E at Yedas
08 Jan 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ156 Plt Offr T O Wynne
6 became lost during Sqn move fm Kohat to Ranchi, FL
08 Jan 46 Spitfire VIIIc JF831
132R&S engine failure on TO from Mingaladon
09 Jan 46 Spitfire Fg Offr S K Mukerjee DFC*
Ditched in Sea off Juhu. Never found
15 Jan 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ107 - -
8 Caught fire duringservicing, burnt out at Mingalad
21 Jan 46 Spitfire XIVe SM897 Plt Offr D G King-Lee
Click to View Record 8 swung on TO from Mingaladon, hit ditch and steamro
31 Jan 46 Spitfire VIIIc MD333 Plt Offr R D Law
10 U/c fail Hmwabi BUrma
05 Feb 46 Spitfire VIIIc JF227
ferrying, forcelanded near Bankura burntout.
14 Feb 46 Spitfire VIII NH651 Plt Offr G E Wilkes
Click to View Record 7 A/C overran runway and tipped on nose
02 Mar 46 Spitfire VIII MT739 Plt Offr G V Francis
3 15m S of Kolar ac caught fire at 3800 feet FL ac b
05 Mar 46 Spitfire XIVe TZ162 Fg Offr T R Healey
6 engine failed, BL at Guldhar. ac later dest by nat
09 Mar 46 Spitfire VIIIc MT615 Plt Offr A F E Fernandez
Click to View Record 6 engine cut after TO BL in feild 1 m NW of Ranchi
19 Mar 46 Spitfire XIVe NH793 Plt Offr C T Muthayah*
Click to View Record 8 Engine cut, BL near level crossing at Trichnopoly
19 Mar 46 Spitfire XIVe NH846 Plt Offr P K Ghosh
9 BL in error, ac caught fire at Gurgaon.

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