Incident General Dynamics F-111E 68-0024,
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Date:Thursday 11 January 1973
Time:09:47 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic F111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Dynamics F-111E
Owner/operator:20th TFWg USAF
Registration: 68-0024
MSN: E1-33
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:North Crawley, 3.5 miles E of Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Operated by the 20th TFW at RAF Upper Heyford. Callsign 'Sewn 11'. Crewed by pilot Major Bob Kroos and WSO Captain Roger A Beck. The main body of the aircraft fell near in North Crawley, about three and a half miles east of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire. An engine caught fire just after takeoff at 08:56, melted the rudder linkage so that the rudder froze hard over, and the crew ended up flying around in circles trying to get back to Upper Heyford.

The fuel dumping procedure gave rise to several UFO sightings that morning! The crew abandoned the aircraft at 09:47 after Kroos lost control of the aircraft and it crashed near Hurst End Farm, North Crawley. The capsule came down in an allotment in North Crawley High Street; the startled adjoining householder came out and plied the crew with brandy - which rather messed up the USAF's mandatory blood-alcohol test for all aircrews involved in accidents...

Sources:

http://www.raf-upper-heyford.org/Mishaps.html
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?97810-Info-sought-F-111-crash-nr-Cambridge-1979
http://web.archive.org/web/20170921070650/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F_111/F-111.htm
http://www.f-111.net/t_no_E.htm
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1968.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Crawley
http://www.mackz.demon.co.uk/cm_aviation%20main.htm

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Jan-2013 16:40 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Jan-2013 16:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
30-Jan-2013 14:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Damage, Narrative]
02-Feb-2013 10:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2013 13:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
30-May-2021 09:38 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
02-May-2024 08:52 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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