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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58365
Last updated: 19 August 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:43 (China-British) Squadron Royal Air Force (43 (China-British) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WT589
C/n / msn: 41H-665441
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:St. Andrew's Bay, 7 miles East of RAF Leuchars, Fife -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife (ADX/EGQL)
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife [ADX/EGQL]
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.1 WT589: First flown 15/6/1954; Delivered to the RAF at 5 MU Kemble 9/7/1954. Sole RAF service was with 43 Squadron at RAF Leuchars

Written off 16/11/1954: Engine flamed out at 1,500 feet after pilot completed a QGH approach to Leuchars. Aircraft crashed into St. Andrew's Bay, seven miles east of the airfield. Pilot - Sergeant Pilot Walter Alfred Wilding - ejected safely


1. The Fighting Cocks: 43 (Fighter) Squadron By Jimmy Bedle
2. Hawker Hunter 1951 to 2007 p.39 by David J Griffin
3. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.166 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
4. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.96)
5. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.101

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
03-Dec-2011 13:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Jan-2012 09:54 Nepa Updated [Operator]
13-Oct-2013 02:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2014 10:40 angels one five Updated [Operator, Nature, Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 15:55 Angel dick one Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature]
28-Apr-2020 18:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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