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Date:04-FEB-1957
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk 5
Owner/operator:56 (Punjab) Squadron Royal Air Force (56 (Punjab) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WP115
C/n / msn: S4/U/2994
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fordy Farm, Barway, 3 miles northwest of Soham, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Narrative:
Hawker Hunter F.5 WP115: Delivered to the RAF at 45 MU 22/4/1955. Sole operational service was as "G" of 56 (Punjab) Squadron, RAF

Written off (destroyed) 4/2/57 - crashed at Fordy Farm, Barway, Ely, three miles northwest of Soham, Cambridgeshire. Towards the end of a night NAVEX, and during a GCA approach at an altitude of approximately 2,000 feet, seven miles out from RAF Waterbeach the engine flamed out.

The aircraft then descended fairly rapidly, and crashed into a field at Fordy Farm, Barway, Ely, three miles northwest of Soham, Cambridgeshire with very little forward speed. Although the pilot ejected, he delayed his ejection until he was below the safe ejection altitude of 200 feet. The pilot - 23 year old Flight Lieutenant David Norman Jones - was fatally injured when he struck the ground while the parachute was still deploying

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Cambridge Daily News" 5 February 1957)

"Flight Lt David Norman Jones, aged 23, of Waterbeach Aerodrome, was killed when his Hawker Hunter crashed at Barway. Verdict: misadventure. A Hawker Hunter of No. 56 Squadron from RAF Waterbeach crashed on open land at Fordy Farm, Barway at the approach to the runway.

The pilot ejected and landed, but died of his injuries almost immediately. He had married only 5 months before, at St. Mary’s Church, Slaugham, on Saturday 8 September 1956, to a Miss Margaret Lily Jakes, who was a Lieutenant in the Guides and involved in Youth Hostelling. They don’t appear to have had children. He was the only son of Mr & Mrs W.P. Jones of 1 Stammerham Farm Cottages, Rusper, Sussex. His commanding officer declared him a hero as he avoided crashing into a hamlet".

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.187 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 81)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.233
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/383: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424504
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/36/S2865: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578645
6. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WP
7. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1950-1959_26.html
8. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1957.htm
9. https://ely.ccan.co.uk/content/catalogue_item/hawker-hunter-crash


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
29-Jun-2011 16:01 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2012 14:50 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
28-Jun-2014 02:04 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
03-Jun-2015 15:30 Quentin Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport]
23-Jan-2020 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Jul-2020 18:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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