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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58328
Last updated: 26 December 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:CFE DFLS Royal Air Force (CFE DFLS RAF)
Registration: WT629
C/n / msn: 41H-665464
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Great Thornes Farm, 2 miles NW of Swaffham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk (EGYM)
Delivered to No.5 MU, Kemble, 22-09-54. To the CFE (Central Fighter Establishment) and the DFLS (Day Fighter Leaders School) RAF (T), West Raynham. Crashed at Great Thornes Farm, when it ran out of fuel after only 40 minutes flight, during diversion to Marham, and flamed out, 2 Miles NW of Swaffham, Norfolk. Pilot; Sqn, Ldr W. Ives descended to 600 feet (200 m), but, unable to see the ground, he climbed away to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) and ejected with the aircraft crashing into a field 2 miles (3 km) northwest of Swaffham ejected safely at 130 kts.

This aircraft was one of 6 lost through running out of fuel in bad weather with no suitable diversions. All but one of the pilots ejected safely. See also : WT639, WW603, WW633, WW635 & WW639.

At the end of a dog-fighting exercise, 8 aircraft diverted to RAF Marham because of poor weather at RAF West Raynham. However, the weather had also deteriorated at Marham. In the ensuing overload on the GCA facilities there, only 2 aircraft landed safely. Five successful ejections were made when their fuel ran out but one pilot (Sqn.Ldr. R.J.Tumilty aged 31yrs) was killed when WW635 crashed.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 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.179

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

18 Jul 1955 WT628 Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) 1 Southwood Farm, Cove, Hampshire w/o

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2010 03:15 RAFOHunter Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2011 14:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Mar-2014 18:43 TB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2020 21:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jun-2020 08:29 MIG29 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Narrative, Operator]

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