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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173255
Last updated: 28 November 2019
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Type:Hawker Tempest Mk V
Owner/operator:56 (Punjab) Squadron Royal Air Force (56 (Punjab) Sqn RAF)
Registration: SN131
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Banks of the River Rhine, on Netherlands/German border -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:B.60 Grimbergen (B)
Destination airport:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) in combat operations on 24 April 1945, Flt Lt Jim Payton, now a flight commander, was hit whilst flying Tempest V SN131 "US-P" of 56 Squadron, RAF, and crash-landed in flames in German territory, burning the back of his neck and his wrists. Captured, but he was released on 2 May and walked to US lines, being dispatched to hospital in Brussels for some time.

Payton was officially credited as an "Ace" with seven "kills" in air-to-air combat - all Fw 190s - plus the destruction of one V-1 flying bomb. He was later awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) and died in February 1989 aged 72.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain 1985 p.12)

Revision history:

24-Jan-2015 21:39 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Jan-2015 21:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
24-Jan-2015 21:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Apr-2015 18:01 King T. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
28-Nov-2019 20:46 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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