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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 160451
Last updated: 11 May 2020
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Date:14-DEC-1966
Time:
Type:Gloster Javelin FAW.9
Owner/operator:29 Squadron Royal Air Force (29 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XH848
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Akrotiri -   Cyprus
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus (AKT)
Narrative:
Written off 14/12/1966: The crew ejected when the aircraft stalled in the slipstream of another aircraft while on approach to Akrotiri, Cyprus

Per eyewitness report: "This may be of interest. I was an ‘audio’ witness to the loss of Javelin XH848. That day I was walking back to the Sergeants Mess just before lunch (I was an Air Signaller on LXX squadron) when I heard two bangs in rapid succession followed quickly by a very loud bang as XH848 landed, I believe, in the bomb dump! If I remember correctly one of the crew, the pilot I think, escaped virtually uninjured but the Nav. was not so lucky. The aircraft was rolling rapidly and he hit the ground, fortunately almost horizontally, still in the seat. He was very seriously injured but then his luck changed. The duty Whirlwind of 1563 Flight was airborne over Akrotiri, and the pilot of the Whirlwind, Sergeant Len Springate, saw the accident. Flying straight to the scene, they scooped the chap up and flew him straight to hospital. I think the Navigator eventually recovered."

Crew of Javelin XH848 ("L" of 29 Sqn) were Flg. Off. J. W. Pierce (pilot) and Flt. Lt. T. Paul Burns (navigator). For Flt Lt Burns it was his second Javelin ejection, having previously ejected from XH747 on 10 Feb 64

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1966.htm
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/Gloster_Javelin.htm]
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/javelinpics/xh848.jpg]
4. http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/RoyalAirForceLuqa/ArmamentPracticeCamps/APCJavelin/tabid/669/language/en-US/Default.aspx


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Sep-2013 21:24 Dr.John Smith Added
15-Sep-2013 01:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
14-Nov-2018 15:52 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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