ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122064
Last updated: 21 April 2014
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Date:14-JUN-1963
Time:noon
Type:Hawker Sea Hawk F.100
Owner/operator:Marineflieger (German Navy) MFG2
Registration: VB+122
C/n / msn: AW.6672
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Moray Firth, off Buckie, Banffshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RNAS Lossiemouth (LMO/EGQS)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed 14/6/1963 and destroyed when hit the water off Scottish east coast during weapon instruction sortie; KKpt Karl-Heinz Lange (MFG1) did not eject and was killed. Per eyewitness report:

"I was at Lossiemouth from Jan 63 to Sept 64 and in that period we had a group of German Sea Hawks over for a shortish training session. When they arrived we showed them the local area in a lead sortie and then sent them off for a solo recce. The CO failed to return having performed low-level aerobatics over a fishing boat off Buckie which was not part of his briefing and which ended with him and his aircraft hitting the sea. No ejection and not too much found apart from his bonedome and some of the Hawk wing tank.

Apparently he was the "n"th CO to spear in low level in the previous few years. Reasons? Who knows for sure but there were a number of probable guesses?"

Sources:
1. Hamburger Abendblatt 15.6.1963
2. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/SeaHawk.htm
3. http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?98229-Some-aircraft-wrecks-around-Moray-Scotland&p=1556216#post1556216


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-May-2011 16:48 TB Added
02-Jun-2011 00:28 TB Updated [Operator, Narrative]
09-Oct-2013 00:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
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