Accident Hawker Hunter F1 WT623,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58336
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Date:Thursday 19 January 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hunter F1
Owner/operator:43 (China-British) Sqn RAF
Registration: WT623
MSN: 41H-665458
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:North Sea, off East coast of Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife (ADX/EGQL)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.1 WT623: First flown at Hawker Aircraft, Dunsfold, Surrey 15/7/54. Delivered to the RAF at 5 MU Kemble 5/8/54. Delivered to RAF Leuchars 23/9/54 to become "H" of 43 Squadron, RAF

Written off (presumed destroyed) 19 January 1956. Disappeared from radar contact at 25,000 feet over the North Sea over the east coast of Scotland during air to sea firing trials using high-velocity ammunition, eleven minutes after take off from RAF Leuchars. No trace of the aircraft or pilot were found. Pilot - Pilot Officer William Sutherland Carmichael RAF (Service Number 1570406, aged 31) - posted as missing, presumed killed.


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 96)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.174
4. The Fighting Cocks: 43 (Fighter) Squadron By Jimmy Bedle

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
18-Aug-2010 02:49 penguin832 Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2011 06:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Jan-2012 09:55 Nepa Updated [Operator]
20-Mar-2012 08:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2019 20:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2020 00:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2020 20:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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