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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 49017
Last updated: 8 January 2020
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Type:Hawker Tempest Mk V
Owner/operator:56 (Punjab) Squadron Royal Air Force (56 (Punjab) Sqn RAF)
Registration: SN133
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Volkel AB, near Uden, Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Volkel AB, Netherlands (UDE/EHVK)
Destination airport:Volkel AB, Netherlands (UDE/EHVK)
Destroyed when belly-landed at Volkel AB, near Uden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands 15 March 1945; aircraft caught fire
W/O (1318905) Joseph Frederick ALEXANDER (pilot) RAFVR - killed

According to the official report:

"On 15 March 1945 while testing a new aircraft (SN133) which had arrived that day, he was unable to get the undercarriage down. After many unsuccessful attempts he radioed that he was going to belly land the aircraft, this was not the best thing to do with a Tempest, as it had a large radiator under the propeller. Many had survived this sort of landing but as Joe touched down the radiator dug into the ground turning the aircraft onto its back, exploding and killing him.

Joe Alexander is buried in the Eindhoven Cemetery, in the suburb of Woensel. He was twenty-three years old."


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

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
24-Jan-2015 20:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Apr-2015 17:36 Koumes Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
28-Aug-2019 19:59 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
28-Nov-2019 20:44 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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