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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154698
Last updated: 27 July 2020
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Type:Hawker Sea Hawk F.1
Owner/operator:A&AEE Boscombe Down (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment Boscombe Down)
Registration: WF149
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Boscombe Down, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Boscombe Down Wiltshire (EGDM)
Destination airport:
Hawker Sea Hawk F.Mk.1 WF149, A&AEE Boscombe Down: Delivered 31/08/1952; written off 27/06/1953. Crashed during Gun firing trials. The aircraft took off normally, and made climbing turn to port, and then straightened out. At about 250 feet agl, the port wing was seen to fold up, and the aircraft rolled to port, then continued to fly in a straight line, before diving into the ground behind the Officer's Mess at Boscombe Down.

Extensive damage to buildings and property on the ground was caused by the crash, and one person on the ground - Aircraftswoman B Lodge - was injured. The cause of the wing folding up in flight was attributed to a defective securing bolt, which sheared under stress loading.

Pilot of Sea Hawk WF149
Squadron Leader D. W. Colquhoun, 'A' Squadron A&AEE Test Pilot

Struck off charge 02/02/1954


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.146 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 382-383
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 37)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/158:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2639:

Revision history:

31-Mar-2013 23:26 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Oct-2014 17:26 Kraus Updated [Operator]
02-Jan-2020 23:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]

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