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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 152543
Last updated: 6 February 2020
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Type:Hawker Tempest Mk V
Owner/operator:41 Squadron Royal Air Force (41 Sqn RAF)
Registration: NV640
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Wunstorf, 6 km SSW of Neustadt am Rübenberge -   Germany
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Wunstorf (ETNW)
Destination airport:
The Tempest's engine failed on take-off at RAF Wunstorf. The pilot retracted the undercarriage to avoid overrunning the end of the runway, but the aircraft skidded into earth works. The impact caused the pilot's safety harness to snap and he was fatally injured.

S/Ldr (104447) John Bean Shepherd DFC with 2 Bars, (the OC of 41 Sqn) RAFVR- killed in a flying accident.


1. RAF Casualties-1946.

Revision history:

15-Jan-2013 13:59 angels one five Added
15-Jan-2013 14:15 angels one five Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2013 14:19 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
15-Jan-2013 14:25 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
24-Jan-2015 23:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2015 05:32 angels one five Updated [Nature, Narrative]
17-Apr-2015 18:21 Juan P.Paco Updated [Operator, Narrative]
29-May-2018 17:43 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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