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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58318
Last updated: 21 June 2020
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Date:05-JUN-1956
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F.Mk 1
Owner/operator:CFE DFLS Royal Air Force (CFE DFLS RAF)
Registration: WT618
C/n / msn: 41H-665453
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF West Raynham, Norfolk, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF West Raynham, Norfolk
Narrative:
Hawker Hunter WT618: First flown 28/7/1954, delivered 7/9/1954 to the RAF at 5 MU Kemble. To 43 Squadron, RAF Leuchars (coded "O"). Note that the code letter was painted in a very "squared off" form, which looks a lot like the letter "D" from certain angles. Hence several sources listing WT618 as "D" of 43 Squadron. Later to the CFE DFLS (Central Fighter Establishment Day Fighter Leaders School) RAF from 4/4/56

Written off 5/6/56: The pilot allowed the aircraft to sink below 50 feet during a practice strike and struck a tall tree. It returned to West Raynham, Norfolk. but was declared a write off.

Formally struck off charge as CAT 5(c) on 14/09/1956

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.167 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 15)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.141
4. The Fighting Cocks: 43 (Fighter) Squadron By Jimmy Beedle
5. 43 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/51 to 31/12/55: File AIR 27/2612/2 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8424252
6. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
7. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WT


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
05-Dec-2011 14:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2019 13:41 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
17-Jun-2020 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
17-Jun-2020 08:50 Digger Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]
21-Jun-2020 20:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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