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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57593
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:04-DEC-1971
Time:08:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F.56A
Owner/operator:14 Sqn Indian AF
Registration: A968
MSN: 41H-688063
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tejgaon, East Pakistan -   Bangladesh
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kalakundai AB, West Bengal, India (KKD/VEDX)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
04-Dec-71 Hunter F.56A of 14 Squadron, Indian Air Force, flown by Squadron Leader K. D. Mehra, whilst in combat over Tejgaon, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) was shot down by a Pakistan Air Force F-86 at 08:00 Hrs. Pilot ejected but sustained injuries that grounded him from further flying.

Note 1: IAF Hunter F.56A 'A968' was ex-RAF Hunter FGA.9 XJ646, which was struck off RAF charge on 24/04/1968. Refurbished for the Indian AF as 'A646' it was delivered ex-Dunsfold (via Luqa Malta) on 31/07/1969

Note 2: A Hawker Hunter F.56 marked as "A968" is on static display at the IAF base at Kalaikunda, West Bengal, India as the "gate guardian" with 18 Squadron IAF. However there is no evidence that this is the "original and genuine" A968; it may be another aircraft painted up to represent A968

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20140619211538/http://www.bharat-rakshak.com:80/IAF/History/Misc/Loss1971.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20171122191210/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Country-By-Country/India.htm
http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6163206
http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?70751-H%FAnter-Help-Please&highlight=A968
http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/hunter/survivors.php


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
15-Apr-2013 13:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2013 13:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
17-Apr-2013 09:40 Nepa Updated [Operator]
19-Apr-2013 05:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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