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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153650
Last updated: 7 June 2020
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Date:17-AUG-1955
Time:day
Type:Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5
Owner/operator:806 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WM964
C/n / msn: AWA.6002
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:West Camel, 3 miles from RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Centaur, English Channel, off Dorset coast
Destination airport:HMS Heron, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset
Narrative:
Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 WM964 '167-C' of 806 NAS Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm crashed and destroyed 17/9/1955 following a mid air collision with Canadair Sabre F.4 XB700 'B' of 26 Squadron RAF

The Sabre was orbiting Yeovilton, Somerset at 1,000 ft three miles east of the airfield when it was struck by the Sea Hawk which was carrying out a GCA approach. Both aircraft crashed at West Carmel, Somerset, killing the pilots of each aircraft.

Crew of Sea Hawk WM964:
Sub Lieutenant Joseph M. MARGOLIOUTH, RN (pilot, aged 22, attached to HMS Fulmar (RNAS Lossiemouth) - killed on active service 17/8/55

West Camel is a village and civil parish in south Somerset, England, about 7 miles north of the town of Yeovil. It lies either side of the River Cam, just south of the A303

Sources:

1. Wings Over Somerset: Aircraft Crashes since the End of World War II By Peter Forrester
2. Western Gazette - 18 August 1955
3. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.172 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
4. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.141
5. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1955.htm
6. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/350220-sabre-jet-crash.html
7. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WM
8. https://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1955.htm
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Camel


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Mar-2013 20:56 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Mar-2013 03:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
08-May-2013 18:29 Nepa Updated [Operator]
24-Aug-2016 05:49 Nipper Updated [Location]
25-May-2020 21:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-May-2020 21:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
07-Jun-2020 19:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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