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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58328
Last updated: 14 August 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:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: WT629
C/n / msn: 41H-665464
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 mi NW of Swaffham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:West Raynham
Destination airport:Marham
Narrative:
Delivered to No.5 MU, Kemble, 22-09-54. DFLS, (T), West Raynham. Crashed at Great Thornes Farm, when it ran out of fuel after only 40 minutes flight, during diversion to Marham, and flamed out, 2 Miles NW of Swaffham, Norfolk. Pilot; Sqn, Ldr W. Ives descended to 600 feet (200 m), but, unable to see the ground, he climbed away to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) and ejected with the aircraft crashing into a field 2 miles (3 km) northwest of Swaffham ejected safely at 130 kts.

This aircraft was one of 6 lost through running out of fuel in bad weather with no suitable diversions. All but one of the pilots ejected safely. See also : WT639, WW603, WW633 & WW639.

At the end of a dog- fighting exercise, 8 aircraft diverted to RAF Marham because of poor weather at RAF West Raynham. However, the weather had also deteriorated at Marham. In the ensuing overload on the GCA facilities there, only 2 aircraft landed safely. Five successful ejections were made when their fuel ran out but one pilot (Sqn.Ldr. R.J.Tumilty aged 31yrs) was killed when WW635 crashed.

Sources:

60 Years of the Hawker Hunter, 1951 to 2011 by David J. Griffin
http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1956_Hawker_Hunter_multiple_aircraft_accident
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1956/1956%20-%200203.html
http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1956/apr/25/hunter-aircraft-report-of-inquiry#S5CV0551P0_19560425_CWA_74
http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1956/mar/21/hunter-aircraft-crashes


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2010 03:15 RAFOHunter Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2011 14:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Mar-2014 18:43 TB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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