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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82608
Last updated: 11 March 2020
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Date:25-JUN-1973
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2
Owner/operator:31 Squadron Royal Air Force (31 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XV440
C/n / msn: 3214
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waddenzee, Vlieland, West Frisian Islands -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bruggen, Germany
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The worst low flying hours F-4M was XV440, which had been taken on charge at 23 MU Aldergrove on February 21 1969, and put into storage.

She arrived at Bruggen in late 1970 direct from 23 MU Aldergrove. She then went into sheds for acceptance, and became a "hangar queen". In other words, a non-flying aircraft used primarily as a source of spare parts.

14 months later Officer Commanding Engineering at 431 MU Bruggen decreed that there would be no more robbery of parts from this airframe. By that time XV440 was missing: the stabilator, the engines, flaps (leading and trailing edge) all the fire wire, radar, and most of the LRIs needed replacement. There were four filing cabinet drawers full of jobcards for repairs and rectifications needed!

After several months she was put back together and test flown in early June 1973. She crashed two weeks later on 25 June 1973 with about 27 flying hours "on the clock".

XV440 Flew into the Waddenzee at night near Vlieland, West Frisian Islands, Netherands, believed due to pilot error. Neither crew member (Pilot Flight Lieutenant Hugh Peter Calday KENNEDY and Navigator Squadron Leader David Noel HODGES) ejected, and both were killed

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20171019205516/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/F-4_Phantom_RAF.htm
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1973.htm
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.e-goat.co.uk/forumd] recs/showthread.php?10041-Phantoms&s=c5750560e40eba7028e39bb155273eae
4. http://www.vlieland-info.nl/Klu.html
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlieland


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
16-Nov-2011 14:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Feb-2013 20:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Feb-2013 20:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-Apr-2013 13:51 Nepa Updated [Operator]
01-Jul-2013 18:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]

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