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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58339
Last updated: 15 January 2020
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Date:08-DEC-1955
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk 4
Owner/operator:118 Squadron Royal Air Force (118 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WV373
C/n / msn: 41H-670819
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kellerhöhe, 4 miles west of Ahlhorn -   Germany
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Jever, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Destination airport:RAF Ahlhorn, Germany
Narrative:
Hawker Hunter F.4 WV373, 118 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 8/12/55: The pilot, Flying Officer Yeomans, carried out three GCA approaches at Ahlhorn when flying in manual. He then decided to revert to powered controls. He was seen at 3,000 feet, climbing slightly and then diving with his left wing low towards the ground. Although the canopy was jettisoned, the pilot did not eject. It seems probable that the pilot obtained a false anchorage of the ailerons when he reverted to powered controls and this only allowed free movement in one direction.

Flying Officer Yeomans jettisoned the canopy of WV373, but failed to eject and was killed when the aircraft crashed Kellerhöhe, 4 miles west of Ahlhorn

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.176 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 98)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/313: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424434
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/34/S2794: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578574
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WV
6. http://www.rafjever.org/118squadaircraft.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
20-Mar-2012 08:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Aug-2012 08:32 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
06-Aug-2014 18:33 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2020 18:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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