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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144649
Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:08-JAN-1960
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk 6
Owner/operator:93 Squadron Royal Air Force (93 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XJ675
C/n / msn: 41H-688066
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 miles NE of Aurich, Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Jever, Germany (ETNJ)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The engine failed due to fuel mismanagement by the pilot, Squadron Leader D.S.White. He was unable to relight it and ejected. The aircraft crashed onto a house five miles NE of Aurich, West Germany injuring two civilians.

According to the 93 Squadron diary/operational record book:

"On Friday, 8th January, the weather was moderately good: 18 sorties were flown, mostly on Broadcast Control: some on formation aerobatics. On the last detail of the day - formation aerobatics led by the Commanding Officer, with Flt. Lt. P.B. Hine as No.2, Flt. Lt. R.D. Stone as No. 3 and Flying Officer B. Tomkinson as No. 4 - the Commanding Officer's aeroplane flamed out. The formation was at about 1,500 feet at the time, over "Marble Arch". The other members of the formation, valiantly trying to maintain station with throttle back on the stops, soon noticed something was amiss. The Commanding Officer informed the formation what was wrong and attempted to relight. The engine would not respond to this treatment, and Wittmund Airfield (a doubtful emergency landing ground anyway) was out of gliding distance, so the pilot ejected - fortunately successfully. Flt. Lt. Hine circled overhead and was relieved to see Squadron Leader White standing in a ploughed field! The aircraft crashed about a quarter of a mile further on and burned for about ten minutes. Nobody was seriously injured, but one building was severely damaged. The Commanding Officer was collected by the Wing Commander Flying: the two returned to the bar in merry mood, having visited, it is reported (and this we had no difficulty in believing) every pub on the way home. The cause of the engine failure is being investigated..."

Sources:

1. http://www.rafjever.org/93sqnpic108.htm
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194401/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1960.htm
3. http://www.rafjever.org/93fm540jan60.htm
4. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XJ
5. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Mar-2012 13:05 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Mar-2012 13:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Aug-2012 03:29 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
03-Sep-2013 20:21 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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