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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58367
Last updated: 1 July 2020
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Date:09-SEP-1954
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F.Mk I
Owner/operator:5 MU Royal Air Force (5 MU RAF)
Registration: WT611
C/n / msn: 41H-665447
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Whitefield, 1.5 miles from RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.1 WT611: First flown 08/07/1954, delivered 30/07/1954. Used for RR Avon 115 trials with Hawker Aircraft Ltd and Rolls Royce. Delivered to the RAF at 5 MU Kemble upon completion of these trials

Written off (destroyed) 9/9/54 when crashed near Whitefield, Gloucestershire, while on a post modification test flight from RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire. The aircraft took off from RAF Kemble, and made a climbing turn to port, which gradually tightened, then aircraft flicked over and flew into the ground. Pilot killed.

Crew of Hunter WT611
Flight Lieutenant Harold Frederick Edwards, DFC RAF (Service Number 186640, pilot, aged 35)

The pilot had been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in the 1954 New Years' Honours list (with effect from 1/1/54), and had been awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) on operational service with 11 Squadron RAF (as a Pilot Officer) in April 1945.

Sources:

1. Halley, James J. (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.163. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2, Diário de Lisboa 10 September 1954, p12
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.87-88
4. Hawker Hunter 1951 to 2007 by David J Griffin, p 40
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/233: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424354
6. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WT
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_New_Year_Honours
8. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37012/supplement/1783/data.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
10-Mar-2012 19:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-May-2012 16:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn]
25-Sep-2012 02:02 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2017 19:30 TB Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2019 20:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2019 22:07 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
21-Apr-2020 23:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 23:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Apr-2020 09:37 Allach Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Operator]

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