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Date:01-OCT-1955
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic F86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair Sabre F4 (F-86E)
Owner/operator:93 Squadron Royal Air Force (93 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XB822
C/n / msn: 576
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Jever, district of Friesland in Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Jever, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Destination airport:RAF Jever, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Narrative:
Canadair CL-13v (F-86E) Sabre F.4: Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial 19676 marked, became XB822 in RAF service. First flight on 24 April 1953. Delivered (taken on charge by the RAF) 20 July 1953. Served with No. 112 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany. With No. 93 Squadron at Jever, Germany from 14 April 1954 coded "E"

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed on 1 October 1955. Suffered an engine failure during a test flight from Jever, West Germany. The pilot - Flight Lieutenant John Sylvanus Clark Davis - attempted an emergency landing but the undercarriage would not lower. While he was preoccupied with this the aircraft crashed 1,100 yards short of the runway. According to an entry from the 93 Squadron, Operational Record Book (Air Ministry Form AM/F.540)

"Johnny Davis's prang with a 93 Sqn aircraft on 1 October 1955. Johnny had a flame out in Sabre F.4 XB822 "E" and after getting into the correct position for his forced landing he lost it while digging for the 'lavatory chain' to drop the undercarriage. The position of these emergency handles were not easy to reach as it meant a head down, and stretch, to reach in front of the control column...

...Eric Pigdon had just landed from a Vampire T.11 trip with OC Flying, after hearing about the crash on the radio. They rushed round the airfield in the OC Flying's VW Beetle to examine the site. When working out how the Sabre had arrived at it's present position they were puzzled how the ground tracks managed to go either side of a complete telephone post. Eventually they found out that, in the short time from landing, the German Bundespost had already replaced the telegraph pole which the Sabre had flattened!"

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.174 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 10)
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1955.htm
4. http://www.rafjever.org/93squadaircraft.htm
5. http://www.rafjever.org/93sqnpic178.htm
6. http://www.rafjever.org/sharecurrentd.htm#Davis
7. http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_19651_19700_detailed.htm
8. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XB
9. http://www.rafjever.org/93sqnpic627.htm
10. http://www.rafjever.org/93sqnpic215.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Feb-2011 12:40 Masen63 Added
08-Sep-2011 12:56 Uli Elch Updated [Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2011 13:07 Uli Elch Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
27-Dec-2013 18:48 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
31-Jan-2014 01:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Feb-2014 15:08 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
18-Feb-2014 10:54 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2020 22:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Jan-2020 05:37 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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