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Narrative:One of eight aircraft which had completed a 4x4 dogfighting exercise at 45,000ft. The weather at base, West Raynham, had deteriorated and Hunters diverted to Marham. They descended over West Raynham in 4 pairs to make visual approaches to Marham, making GCA talk down essential. But Marham GCA had difficulties picking up the four sections, all of which were then down to 10 minutes fuel and there was R/T congestion. In all the confusion all four sections tried to get below the clouds and find the airfield but only two landed safely.
Hawker Hunter F1
|Operator:||Day Fighter Leaders School, RAF|
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|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||2.5 miles SW of Swaffham, Norfolk -
|Departure airport:||RAF West Raynham, Norfolk|
|Destination airport:||RAF Marham, Norfolk|
Pilot of WT639 descended to 600ft after an unsuccessful GCA pick up, but he was still in cloud. In the climb away he lost his leader and the engine flamed out as he passed 2,500ft. Pilot ejected safely and his aircraft crashed in a forest 21/2 miles south-west of Swaffham
60 Years of the Hawker Hunter, 1951 to 2011 by David J. Griffin
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|
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