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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21164
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Supermarine Swift F Mk I
Owner/operator:56 (Punjab) Squadron Royal Air Force (56 (Punjab) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WK213
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hempstead Wood, Thaxted, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Supermarine Swift F.Mk.1 WK213: Delivered 24/2/54. Sole RAF service (six months) was with 56 (Punjab) Squadron, RAF: Written off 25/08/1954: Nosewheel could not be lowered, aircraft abandoned and plane crashed at Hempstead Wood, Thaxted, Suffolk. Pilot (Flying Officer John Hobbs) ejected safely at 8,000 feet and 250 knots.

30/08/1954: Wreck scrapped by 71 Maintenance Unit, at RAF Bicester.

Note: The crash location is confusing and contradictory. Several sources give the crash location as "Hempstead Wood, Thaxted, Suffolk" as per the above. The official File at the National Archives, Kew (File BT233/230 - see link 4) gives the crash location as "near Newmarket, Cambs." [sic]. Whereas the Wikipedia entry (see link #9) gives Thaxted as "a village and civil parish in the Uttlesford district of northwest Essex, England. The town is 15 miles (24 km) north from the county town of Chelmsford". So, depending on who you believe, WK213 crashed in Suffolk, or Cambridgeshire, or Essex!


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.162 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 65)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.84
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/230:

Revision history:

17-Jun-2008 21:19 JINX Added
15-Jan-2012 15:12 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Source]
14-Apr-2013 00:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2014 10:21 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
03-Jun-2015 15:36 QQ3 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
08-Jan-2020 23:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Narrative]
20-Apr-2020 00:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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