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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173261
Last updated: 12 September 2019
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Date:26-APR-1945
Time:
Type:Hawker Tempest Mk V
Owner/operator:56 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (56 OTU RAF)
Registration: EJ560
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Millfield, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Millfield, Northumberland
Destination airport:RAF Millfield, Northumberland
Narrative:
On 26 April 1945 Tempest Mk 5 EJ560 overshot Runway 24, ploughed through the hedges over road and into a field, turned two somersaults, engine broke away from fuselage and tail broke off at a point some four feet aft of cockpit. Finished by standing on its nose. Pilot escaped unaided and unhurt. Pilot was F/Sgt A.E. Gunn, a 56 OTU. Instructor, who was returning short of fuel, on overshoot, undercarriage failed to retract.

A .E. Gunn stayed in the Royal Air Force after the war and in 1948 attended the Empire Test Pilots School at Farnborough. Later he became Chief Test Pilot for the Boulton Paul Aircraft Company, doing all the development flying of the P111 and the P120 delta aircraft, including a successful ejection from the P120 on 29 August 1952 when flying from Boscombe Down. Wiltshire.

Sources:

1. http://www.milfield.org.uk/fighter_leader_school_milfield.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jan-2015 23:46 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Apr-2015 18:00 King T. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]

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