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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58335
Last updated: 10 June 2020
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Date:25-JAN-1956
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk 5
Owner/operator:263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Squadron Royal Air Force (263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WP107
C/n / msn: S4/U/2987
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Middlewood Green, 5 miles ENE of Stowmarket, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk (EGUW)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.5 WP107: Notified as awaiting collection 31/3/55. Delivered to the RAF at 5 MU Kemble 1/4/55 (next day). Sole RAF operational service was with 263 Squadron at RAF Wattisham, Suffolk

Written off 25/01/1956: Crashed at Middlewood Green, five miles East North East of Stowmarket, Suffolk, after the pilot (Flight Lieutenant H. A. Merriman (Service Number 3108403)) ejected when the engine broke up in flight on a sortie from RAF Wattisham, Suffolk

Wreckage recovered to Farnborough, Hampshire for accident investigation, after which the the remains were placed on the fire dump at Farmborough for fire fighting training. Since perished/burnt out (but recorded as still present during September 1964 - one of 21 Hawker Hunters: 2 Hunter F.2s, 3 Hunter F.1s and 16 Hunter F5s dumped at Farmborough at this time)

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 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.176
4. 263 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/56 to 30/6/63: File AIR 27/2852/4 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8433623
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20170723045955/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1956.htm
7. http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/18846
8. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WP
9. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
10. https://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=83928&start=20


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
18-Aug-2010 02:49 penguin832 Updated [Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2011 07:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2012 14:03 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
22-Apr-2013 12:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2013 13:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
10-Jun-2020 21:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]

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