The training accidents were inevitable. In the late afternoon on June 8, 1941 F/Lt Karel Mrazek was returing to
Catterick from the training flight, but landing downwind.
The reason was that the landing T was marked in the
opposite way. As a result Spitfire Mk.I X4031 (RY-H) ended on its nose, airframe was lightly damaged, the engine
was damaged more seriously. The pilot made it out of the
cockpit only after the ambulance arrived. (K. Mrazek)
On August 9, 1941 F/O Jaroslav Muzika suffered another accident on this Spitfire Mk.I R7205 (RY-V) sporting
donation inscription Provident. After landing from the patrol flight one of the landing gear legs retracted by itself.
Luckily all ended with only light damage to the aircraft.
INFO Eduard - DECEMBER 2020