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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58343
Last updated: 6 June 2020
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Date:03-NOV-1955
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F4
Owner/operator:54 Squadron Royal Air Force (54 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WT709
C/n / msn: 41H/670676
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Slinfold, 4 miles West of Horsham, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Odiham, Basingstoke, Hampshire (ODH/EGVO)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.4 WT709: First flown at Dunsfold 15/12/54. Delivered to the RAF 15/2/55 to the RAF at 33 MU Lyneham. RAF Service career was with the FWS (Fighter Weapons School) and 54 Squadron, RAF Odiham

Written off 3/11/55: Ran out of fuel in bad weather on a sortie from RAF Odiham, Hampshire. Aircraft crashed at Slinford, West Sussex. Pilot - Pilot Officer K.R. Curtis (Service Number 4015082) - ejected safely. The incident seems not to have harmed his RAF career - he was promoted from Pilot Officer to Flying Officer on 18/11/55, just two weeks later!

The reported crash location of Slinfold is a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England.The village is almost 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Horsham, just off the A29 road. Which explains why some sources give the crash location as "Horsham"

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.175 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 97)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.164
4. Hawker Hunter 1951 to 2007 p.49 by David J Smith
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194119/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1955.htm
6. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WT
7. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/40725/supplement/1369/data.pdf
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slinfold .


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
04-Dec-2011 14:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Feb-2012 10:29 Nepa Updated [Operator]
01-Jun-2020 22:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2020 14:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]

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