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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163818
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Time:14:30 LT
Type:Hawker Tempest Mk V
Owner/operator:56 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (56 OTU RAF)
Registration: EJ859
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Felkington Farm, Felkington, Grievestead Moor, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Milfield, Northumberland
Destination airport:RAF Milfield
Hawker Tempest EJ859 was a Mark V variant manufactured by Hawkers Langley under contract 1876 with a Sabre IIa engine number 505852 installed. The aircraft never served with a front line unit and arrived new from 20 Maintenance Unit RAF Aston Down on 14/02/45 at 56 OTU (Operational Training Unit), RAF Millfield in Northumberland. Nothing else is listed for this aircraft until the crash on 29/01/46 where it was subsequently listed as a category E and struck off charge.

At around 14:00 hrs on 29/01/46 F/Lt Vincent Parker took off from RAF Milfield on a “Camera Exercise”. At approximately 14:30 at 6,000 feet, commencing a slow roll, Flight Lieutenant Parker whilst inverted, dropped the nose of his aircraft and descended in a slow spin. At approximately 100 feet, the aircraft was partially recovered, but the the aircraft crashed through a tree before impacting with the ground on Felkington Farm, Felkington, Grievestead Moor, Northumberland.

Flt/Lt (42356) Vincent PARKER (pilot) RAFVR - killed

In a cruel twist of irony, F/Lt Parker was killed after having survived as a prisoner of war since 16th August 1940. He had remained in a German POW camp until its liberation at the end of hostilities (8th May 1945), returning to England in June 1945, his post-war, peacetime life had been shorter than his life in captivity.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.27. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.

Revision history:

12-Feb-2014 19:36 angels one five Added
12-Feb-2014 19:38 angels one five Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative]
24-Jan-2015 23:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2015 05:39 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
17-Apr-2015 18:31 Mihulka33 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
15-Dec-2015 21:00 helen Updated [Source]
09-Aug-2019 05:04 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
03-Nov-2019 22:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2019 08:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]

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