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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58332
Last updated: 27 June 2019
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Date:08-FEB-1956
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F1
Owner/operator:DFLS Royal Air Force (DFLS RAF)
Registration: WW635
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4.5 miles NW of Swaffham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Narrative:
One of eight aircraft Day Fighter Leaders School RAF had completed a 4x4 dogfighting exercise at 45,000ft. The weather at base, West Raynham, had deteriorated and all eight Hunters were diverted to Marham.

They descended over West Raynham in 4 pairs to make visual approaches to Marham, making GCA talk down essential. But Marham GCA had difficulties picking up the four sections, all of which were then down to 10 minutes fuel and there was R/T congestion. In all the confusion all four sections tried to get below the clouds and find the airfield but only two landed safely

Of the six Hunters that crashed, WW635 'L' crashed four-and-a-half miles north-west of Swaffham, Norfolk, and the pilot was killed - the only fatality from this incident.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20170723045955/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1956.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
05-Dec-2011 13:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2019 13:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
13-Mar-2019 13:37 Anon. Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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