Incident Hawker Hunter F4 WV261,
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Date:Friday 13 January 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hunter F4
Owner/operator:26 Sqn RAF
Registration: WV261
MSN: 41H-670767
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, West Germany (ETNO)
Destination airport:RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire (EGBP)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.4 WV261: First flown at Hawker Aircraft Ltd., Dunsfold, Surrey 23/4/55. Delivered to the RAF at 5 MU Kemble 1/6/55. Issued for service to 26 Squadron, RAF Oldenburg, West Germany coded "Y"

Substantially damaged when crashed on landing at RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire 13/1/56. Not repaired. Struck off charge as Cat5(G/I). To Ground Instructional Airframe 7780M at No.1 SoTT, RAF Halton 24/4/63. Returned to Hawkers in March 1973 and rebuilt as a Hunter Mk58A for the Swiss Air Force as J-4147. Test flown as "Class B" markings as G-9-400.

(As J-4147 of the Swiss Air Force: Delivered overland 6/12/74, assembled at Emmen. First flight as Hunter Mk.58A at Emmen in early 1975. Delivered to squadron service 22/7/75. SAF hours logged: 1,208.50, landings: 1,374. Out of service 11/10/90, Meiringen AFB. Scrapped at Meiringen 1992)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.98)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.173
6. WV261 at 1 SoTT RAF Halton in 1970:
8. WV261 at 1 SoTT RAF Halton 1/8/70:

Revision history:

04-Dec-2011 06:28 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Jun-2012 14:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
08-Jun-2020 23:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2020 23:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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