Spitfire P8650

Tealing by Dundee, Angus





Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: K9795, the 9th production Mk I Supermarine Spitfire, with 19 Squadron Royal Air Force, showing the wooden, two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller, early 'unblown' canopy and 'wraparound' windscreen without the bulletproof glass plate. The original style of aerial mast is also fitted. [Wikipedia]


Spitfire Mark 1


Photo: 1938 RAF official photographer.


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BELOW: A later variant of the Spitfire. This is a Supermarine Spitfire XVI at Duxford, in September 2006.


spitfire mk xvi at duxford in september 2006


Photo: 2006 Taken by Chowells, Noise reduction and shadows lifted by Diliff. Original image here


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Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk IA / P8650



Aircraft Type Nickname: "The Spit".

Designed by R J Mitchell, the elliptical-winged Supermarine Spitfire was one of the most capable and effective fighters of WWII. It was produced in a number of variants, and with different power plants and armaments. The Spitfire was considered a high performing, agile and stable fighter platform. Ultimately, 20,000 Spitfires and Sea Spitfires (or 'Seafires'; the naval variant) were produced.

The Spitfire first entered service with the RAF at Duxford in August, 1938, and many subsequent variants were produced.

During the Battle of Britain, Mk I Spitfires were outnumbered by Hawker Hurricanes. Nevertheless, the Spitfires were usually considered as the most deadly aircraft in the skies above Britain.

Early versions of the Spitfire (Mark I) were equipped with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. (Griffon engines were fitted to later Marks.)



BELOW: RAF Spitfires in flight


raf spitfires in flight


Photo: As a work of the U.S. Federal Government, the image is in the public domain.






Aircraft Accident Details                      


On 29 December 1943, Flt Sgt John Morgan Jones of 58 OTU took off in Spitfire P8650 from RAF Balado Bridge (a satellite of RAF Grangemouth) to carry out low flying exercises over central Scotland. However, during this exercise, the aircraft hit some trees and crashed in the vicinity of Tealing, just north of Dundee in Angus.


A medical team was despatched from RAF Tealing to the crash site. However, on arrival, the medics discovered that the pilot had died in the accident.






Aircraft Pilot Information


(NOTE: The information, together with the Memorial photos and maps shown in the panels below and on the following pages were kindly provided by Raymond Jones. Additional photos and information were kindly provided by Delyth Lewis Rawlings)



The pilot who died in this accident was:

  • Flt Sgt John Morgan Jones (22), 1313908, Pilot, RAFVR.
    (Buried: Grave Ref., S.W. Corner, Bwlchygroes Independent Chapelyard, Cardiganshire, Wales.)


(Please click on the hyperlinked name above for further details at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's website.)



BELOW: Flt Sgt John Morgan Jones.


Flt Sgt John M Jones.


Photo: 2015, courtesy, Raymond Jones



BELOW: Flt Sgt John Morgan Jones together with a Canadian airman.


Flt Sgt John Morgan Jones together with a Canadian airman


Photo: 2015, courtesy, Delyth Lewis Rawlings



BELOW: Margaret Jones and John Morgan Jones in Barcoed.


Margaret Jones and John Morgan Jones in Barcoed.


Photo: 2015, courtesy, Delyth Lewis Rawlings



BELOW: Flt Sgt John Morgan Jones. Memorial compilation.


(See also larger image on Page 3)


NOTE: The descriptive text below states that John was from Aberbanc... However, information provided later indicates that John was born in Pentrecourt, Llandysul, Wales.


Flt Sgt John Morgan Jones. Memorial compilation.


Photo: 2015, courtesy, Raymond Jones



BELOW: Family Grave - John Morgan Jones.


(See also larger memorial and other related photos on Page 2 and Page 3.)


Family Grave - John Morgan Jones.


Photo: 2015, courtesy, Raymond Jones







Crash Site Photos


There are no crash site photos for this aircraft. However, please see memorial photos on the following pages.





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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 29 Dec 1943


Accident Site:

Tealing by Dundee.


NOTE: Most sources state that this aircraft crashed near Tealing. One source states that the crash occurred at Drumgley Farm, Forfar—nine miles further north. However, as this cannot be verified, it is being assumed that the crash occurred near Tealing by Dundee.


Region: Angus


Nearest town or village:



Nearest large town or city:



OS Grid Ref: N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Wreckage Status: Unknown.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: P8650


Operator:  RAF (58 OTU)


Operating Station: RAF Balado Bridge. (Satellite station for RAF Grangemouth)


Satellite Station Location (RAF Balado Bridge): Balado Bridge near Kinross, Perth and Kinross.


Current Satellite Station Status (RAF Balado Bridge): Closed 1944. Site used subsequently for dismantling of aircraft. Used later as a radio station with aerials enclosed within a 'golf ball' housing.


Station Location (RAF Grangemouth): Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.


Current Station Status (RAF Grangemouth): Closed 1955. Reverted to Grangemouth Refinery (Ineos).




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