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Last updated: 14 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F.Mk 1
Owner/operator:229 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (229 OCU RAF)
Registration: WT659
C/n / msn: 41H-665494
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:into River Taw, 1 mile east of RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon (EGDC)
Destination airport:RAF Chivenor, Devon (EGDC)
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.1 WT659: First flown at Hawker Aircraft Ltd., Dunsfold, Surrey 6/10/1954, delivered 24/11/1954 to 54 Squadron, RAF Odiham (coded "D" later "U"). Then to 229 OCU RAF Chivenor from the end of September 1955

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 10/4/56: Stalled on approach to Chivenor, Devon and crashed into the river Taw, one mile to the east of the airfield killing the pilot. The aircraft was returning to RAF Chivenor at the end of a training sortie. Having flown a normal downwind approach leg, the Hunter began to turn onto its final approach when the engine ceased. The aircraft then stalled, assumed a marked "nose-up" position, rolled to starboard and dived into the River Taw.

Crew of Hunter WT659:
Flying Officer Terrence Joseph Maguire RAF (pilot, Service Number 2608811, aged 23)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.179 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.96)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.188

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
04-Dec-2011 16:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 15:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
13-Jun-2020 23:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jun-2020 08:17 MIG29 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Destination airport, Operator]

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