1956 losses

01/01/1956

WE873

Meteor F8

504 Sqn

Crashed three miles NW of Mildenhall, Suffolk after the pilot abandoned the aircraft following loss of control. 

02/01/1956

WX879

Venom NF3

23 Sqn

Dived into the ground three miles NE of North Walsham, Norfolk after take off from Coltishall. Both crew were killed

05/01/1956

WN402

341

Gannet AS1

825 NAS

Crashed while operating off HMS Albion

05/01/1956

WM551

265

Sea Venom NF20

808 NAS

Crashed onto a caravan site at Castle Farm, Ilchester after take off from Yeovilton, Somerset

09/01/1956

XA254

L

Marathon T11

2 ANS

Landed halfway down the runway at Thorney Island, West Sussex at night. It skidded on ice and went over the sea wall onto the beach, taking the blind approach vehicle with it

09/01/1956

WS727

Meteor NF14

153 Sqn

Dived into the ground at Hunton Mill Wood, Kent after control was lost during a roll. Both crew were killed

09/01/1956

WF263

649

Sea Hawk F2

738 NAS

Ditched into the sea 800 yards off shore while on approach to Lossiemouth, Morayshire after engine failure. Due to a maintenance error a rubber dust cap was blocking the fuel flow

10/01/1956

XB518

Hiller HT1

705 NAS

Crashed nose first at Gosport, Hampshire after the inexperienced pilot failed to arrest the descent during a practice autorotation. He was killed

10/01/1956

XE490

Sea Hawk FGA6

FAA

The pilot attempted a wheels up landing at Abbotsinch, Glasgow after he lost control while on approach. It struck the runway hard and broke up killing the pilot. The aircraft was on delivery from the makers at Baginton

10/01/1956

WH443

Meteor F8

25 Sqn

Belly landed at West Malling, Kent after the undercarriage jammed

11/01/1956

WS619

Meteor NF12

AWOCU

Hit trees on a night approach to North Luffenham, Rutland

11/01/1956

WV498

P-F

Provost T1

6 FTS

Collided while in the circuit at Ternhill, Salop and crashed. The three crew members were killed

11/01/1956

WV514

W-C

Provost T1

6 FTS

11/01/1956

VZ451

Meteor F8

ETPS

Hit the lip of the runway after landing short at Warton, Lancashire ripping off both undercarriage legs. It was not repaired and was allocated for spares use at 60 MU. The pilot was uninjured

13/01/1956

WT679

Hunter F1

229 OCU

Swung into an obstruction after an undercarriage leg collapsed on landing at Chivenor, Devon.

13/01/1956

WV261

Y

Hunter F4

26 Sqn

Crashed at Kemble, Gloucs. To 7780M at Halton. Returned to Hawkers in 1973 and converted to a Hunter Mk58A for the Swiss Air Force as J-4147

13/01/1956

WX547

Neptune MR1

36 Sqn

Written off after the undercarriage collapsed on landing at Luqa, Malta

16/01/1956

WT529

Canberra PR7

CFE

Dived into the ground five miles north of Grantham, Lincs after the trim motor malfunctioned. Both crew were killed

16/01/1956

NR739

Dominie C2

ATDU

Swung while taxying at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. The pilot applied the brakes to correct the swing but they locked on causing the tail to lift and the aircraft to nose over

16/01/1956

WX795

D

Venom NF3

141 Sqn

Belly landed into a field and hit a wall near Coltishall, Norfolk  after the engine cut

19/01/1956

XD609

C

Vampire T11

FWS

The pilot ejected five miles SE of Leconfield, Yorkshire after the engine failed

19/01/1956

WT623

Hunter F1

43 Sqn

Disappeared from radar contact at 25,000ft over the North Sea during air to sea firing trials. No trace of the aircraft or pilot were found

20/01/1956

WS661

Meteor NF12

AWOCU

The pilot was carrying out an unauthorised flight over his parents village of Wadhurst, Sussex. While in a turn at 25ft the aircraft struck a bungalow, crashed and burst into flames. Both crew and two people in the bungalow were killed

20/01/1956

WT505

Canberra PR7

58 Sqn

Flew into high ground five miles SE of Calder Bridge, Cumberland. Both crew were killed

21/01/1956

XD919

Swift FR5

Transport Command FTU

The re-heat failed to light on take off from Benson, Oxon. It struck trees and a bungalow then crashed injuring the pilot and three civilians

21/01/1956

WA449

Vampire FB5

607 Sqn

Crashed when a wing hit the ground after hitting the slipstream during a formation take off from Ouston, Durham

21/01/1956

WK566

Chipmunk T10

661 Sqn

Suffered a power loss due to carboned up spark plugs caused by incorrect settings. During an emergency landing at Finningley, Yorkshire the speed was too low and the aircraft slipped into the ground and broke off the undercarriage

23/01/1956

WS112

Meteor T7

728 NAS

Entered the circuit at Hal Far, Malta low on fuel. It flew into the sea 1 miles off the coast while in low cloud, killing the pilot

24/01/1956

WS874

Meteor NF14

CFE

Crashed near Gayton, Norfolk after the pilot abandoned the aircraft when it ran out of fuel in bad weather

24/01/1956

WF211

Sea Hawk F2

764 NAS

Written off in a ground accident at Ford, Sussex. Allocated to A2404

24/01/1956

WT591

Hunter F1

DFLS

Skidded on ice on landing at West Raynham, Norfolk. It overshot and hit the boundary fence, shearing off the starboard undercarriage leg. Allocated to 7411M at 1 SoTT Halton

25/01/1956

WV328

Hunter F4

247 Sqn

Caught fire after a starter cartridge exploded during engine start at Odiham, Hampshire

25/01/1956

WP107

Hunter F5

263 Sqn

Crashed five miles ENE of Stowmarket, Suffolk after the pilot ejected when the engine broke up

25/01/1956

XD729

J

Sabre F4

66 Sqn

Belly landed at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorks after the engine lost power during an overshoot

25/01/1956

XF522

S-B

Provost T1

3 FTS

Force-landed and ran into a ditch near Feltwell, Norfolk after running short of fuel

25/01/1956

TE402

Spitfire LF16

1 CAACU

The pilot did not move the undercarriage lever through its full range resulting in a wheels up landing at Hornchurch, Essex

27/01/1956

WV849

113

Sea Hawk FGA4

800 NAS

Crashed into the Mediterranean five miles south of Malta during an ACM mission from HMS Ark Royal. The pilot ejected at 20,000ft after the fire warning illuminated

27/01/1956

VZ286

Vampire FB5

236 Sqn

Suffered a bird strike. Declared a write off after landing at Kinloss, Morayshire

30/01/1956

WE608

Auster T7

1900 Flight

Ditched into Tolo Channel, Hong Kong after the engine lost power

30/01/1956

WW436

Provost T1

RAFC

Flew into the ground at Cranwell North, Lincs at night. Both crew were killed

02/02/1956

RE211

Lancaster MR3

SMR

Abandoned  take off from St. Mawgan, Cornwall. Skidded on snow and the undercarriage was raised to stop

02/02/1956

WG803

Vampire FB5

7 FTS

Crashed into the sea off Anglesey during aerobatic practice killing the pilot

02/02/1956

WG850

Vampire FB9

28 Sqn

Suffered a bird strike in the circuit at Sek Kong, Hong Kong. It landed safely but was declared a write off

02/02/1956

WG872

Vampire FB9

FECS

Hit the approach lights at Changi, Singapore and was damaged beyond repair

03/02/1956

WG866

Vampire FB9

28 Sqn

Lost power and stalled on take off from Sek Kong, Hong Kong. The pilot attempted to remain airborne at very low altitude but crashed into a farm beyond the end of the runway. The aircraft did not catch fire and the pilot was able to escape safely

05/01/1956

XG510

Sycamore HR14

194 Sqn

Tipped over after the wheels caught up in the landing mat on  take off from Paddy's Ladang, Malaya

06/02/1956

VX350

Fairey FD1

Fairey Aviation Company

Damaged beyond repair following making a  wheels up landing at White Waltham, Berkshire after the starboard undercarriage leg failed to lower. This aircraft was a vertical take off interceptor fighter research prototype

08/02/1956

FX479

Harvard T2B

Seletar Station Flt

The propeller hit the runway on take off  from Seletar, Singapore after the undercarriage collapsed

08/02/1956

WT629

T

Hunter F1

DFLS

Although bad weather had been forecast the aircraft still took off together from West Raynham, Norfolk. After encountering the weather they attempted  to divert to Marham but were unable to locate the runway due to fog. Four aircraft ran out of fuel, the pilots ejecting near Swaffham. WW635 flew into the ground killing the pilot. WW603 did make a final approach but ran out of fuel and belly landed short of the airfield.

08/02/1956

WT639

N

Hunter F1

DFLS

08/02/1956

WW603

G

Hunter F1

DFLS

08/02/1956

WW633

H

Hunter F1

DFLS

08/02/1956

WW635

L

Hunter F1

DFLS

08/02/1956

WW639

X

Hunter F1

DFLS

09/02/1956

WF282

643

Sea Hawk FB3

738 NAS

Collided over Portmahomack, Ross  and  Cromarty One aircraft crashed at Petley Farm, the other at Rockfield farm. Both pilots ejected.

09/02/1956

WF276

644

Sea Hawk FB3

738 NAS

09/02/1956

WM766

GN

Firefly T7

719 NAS

Ditched into Lough Foyle off Eglinton, Londonderry, Northern Ireland after loss of power.

09/02/1956

WP499

535

Dragonfly HR3

705 NAS

Rolled onto its side during take off from Gosport, Hampshire. To Donibristle for repair assessment but was declared a write off and scrapped

16/02/1956

XE332

120

Sea Hawk FGA4

801 NAS

Crashed into the Gulf of Aden and exploded after the engine caught fire on  take off from HMS Centaur. The pilot was killed.

16/02/1956

WN401

266

Gannet AS1

812 NAS

Crashed into the sea off Northern Ireland while operating off HMS Bulwark.

17/02/1956

VX483

Valetta C1

FECS

Belly landed into a paddy field after an engine ran away on  take off from Tan Son Nhut, Vietnam. 

22/02/1956

VZ507

Meteor F8

APS Sylt

The undercarriage was retracted in error while taxying at Sylt, West Germany.

23/02/1956

WP193

Hunter F5

34 Sqn

Crashed near Blandford, Dorset after the pilot ejected following engine failure.

24/02/1956

WJ871

Canberra T4

231 OCU

Dived into the ground near Stilton, Huntingdon killing both crew, after the tailplane actuator malfunctioned.

25/02/1956

XG929

(G-ANSY)

York 1

Scottish Aviation Company

Crashed at Zurrieg and burnt out after take off from Luqa, Malta. The aircraft had been issued with a temporary military serial for use on trooping flights. See also 11/03/1952.

25/02/1956

WF167

703

Sea Hawk F1

764 NAS

Flipped over and spun into the ground from 300 ft during a stream landing at Ford, Sussex. The aircraft then exploded killing the pilot.

25/02/1956

PH662

Anson C12

24 Group Flt

The undercarriage collapsed while taxying at Spitalgate, Lincolnshire.

26/02/1956

WV485

Provost T1

1 FTS

Collided while  in formation over Tuxford, Notts. WV485 crashed killing the pilot while WV559 landed safely and was repaired.

26/02/1956

WV559

Provost T1

1 FTS

29/02/1956

WN517

Balliol T2

238 OCU

Dived into the ground out of cloud at Shaugh Prior, Devon after the engine cut. The pilot was killed.

02/03/1956

VW861

Valetta C1

48 Sqn

Hit trees during a supply drop over the jungle in Malaya. Seven on board were killed.

02/03/1956

WR321

Venom FB1

FWS

Swung on landing in a heavy crosswind at Leconfield, Yorkshire causing the undercarriage to collapse.

03/03/1956

WM677

Vampire NF10

CNCS

Hit trees on rising ground in bad visibility near Watlington, Oxon while on approach to Benson. Both crew were killed.

04/03/1956

TX203

Anson C19

MCS

An engine feathered due to loss of oil pressure. It flew into trees at Dahlhausen, West Germany killing two of the crew.

04/03/1956

XB255

Dragonfly HC4

194 Sqn

Sank back into the trees on  take off from Paddy's Ladang, Malaya and overturned.

05/03/1956

RD814

Beaufighter TT10

Seletar Wing

Swung on landing at Seletar, Singapore causing the undercarriage to collapse.

05/03/1956

XH297

Vampire T11

RAFC

The crew ejected over Newark, Notts after the elevator controls failed.

06/03/1956

XH299

Vampire T11

112 Sqn

Burnt out at Bruggen, West Germany after the hose from the refuelling bowser split causing fuel to spill onto the still hot engine.

06/03/1956

WN341

Gannet AS1

RAE

Suffered severe damage during barrier trials at RAE Bedford. Allocated to A2414.

06/03/1956

WN921

S

Hunter F2

263 Sqn

Took off from Wattisham for a night cross country sortie, nothing more was heard. The pilot had apparently intended to carry out an unauthorised flight over a lighthouse in the Thames Estuary and then fly up the coast. It is possible that he flew into the sea. 

07/03/1956

WW142

442

Sea Venom FAW21

891 NAS

Went missing on a night intercept sortie from HMS Ark Royal while operating in the Mediterranean Sea off Philippeville, Algeria. Both crew were missing presumed killed.

08/03/1956

XA337

338

Gannet AS1

824 NAS

Turned to starboard immediately after a night take off from HMS Ark Royal while operating in the Mediterranean Sea. The angle of bank increased and it dived into the sea off the starboard bow killing the three crew.

08/03/1956

RH831

Brigand T5

238 OCU

Both engines cut while in the circuit at Colerne, Wiltshire. It hit trees during an emergency landing and burnt out killing both crew.

09/03/1956

WZ705

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Force-landed and hit a fence after the engine cut during an overshoot at Paroi, Malaya.

10/03/1956

PH672

Anson C12

CS Turnhouse

Blown off the taxiway by a gust of wind at Wick, Caithness and ran into a hole.

10/03/1956

WR280

J

Venom FB1

145 Sqn

Written off after landing at Celle, West Germany after the gun doors had detached in flight and hit a wing.

12/03/1956

WD952

Canberra B2

Bristol Aero Engines Ltd

Suffered port engine failure at 50 ft on take off from Filton, Bristol due to compressor blade failure. Force landed wheels up at Cribbs Causway and struck an oak tree which tore off the port wing, undercarriage and elevators, leaving the remainder of the airframe severely damaged. The crew escaped unhurt. Later broken up at Colerne. This aircraft had gained the world height record on two occasions. That of 63,668 ft on 04th May 1953 and 65,876 ft on 29th August 1955.

13/03/1956

XA320

262

Gannet AS1

812 NAS

Crashed into the North Sea during a night bombing run on Eglington range Yorkshire.

15/03/1956

WH542

Meteor FR9

2 Sqn

WH542 collided with WB124 on approach to Geilenkirchen, West Germany after hitting the others slipstream. Both landed safely but WH542 was written off. (See 11/05/1956 WB124)

15/03/1956

WB124

Meteor FR9

2 Sqn

15/03/1956

WE472

Venom FB1

16 Sqn

Belly landed at Celle, West Germany after the undercarriage jammed.

15/03/1956

WF188

Sea Hawk F1

RAE

Badly damaged during barrier trials at RAE Bedford. Allocated to ground instruction.

16/03/1956

WF388

R

Varsity T1

2 ANS

Undershot on landing at Thorney Island, Sussex and lost its undercarriage.

16/03/1956

WL727

Sea Balliol T21

727 NAS

Ditched into rough seas off Brawdy, Pembrokeshire during a GCA landing, possibly due to carburettor icing. The pilot was killed but the cadet passenger was rescued from his dinghy by helicopter.

17/03/1956

WK808

Meteor F8

1 Sqn

Belly landed at Tangmere, Sussex after the undercarriage collapsed during a roller landing.

22/03/1956

WJ367

Auster AOP6

656 Sqn

Hit by a down draught from rising ground and flew into trees 23 miles east of Ipoh, Malaya.

22/03/1956

WL500

Vampire FB9

28 Sqn

Whilst taking part in Exercise Sea Dragon the aicraft flew into hills near Sek Kong, Hong Kong while climbing out of a valley. The pilot was killed.

23/03/1956

WT658

Hunter F1

DFLS

Crashed near Wattisham, Suffolk after the ejector seat malfunctioned and ejected the pilot involuntarily.

24/03/1956

VZ227

Vampire FB5

608 Sqn

Force-landed in a field near Thornaby, North Yorkshire after the engine cut on take off.

26/03/1956

WM990

173

Sea Hawk FB5

811 NAS

During a sortie from HMS Centaur both aircraft flew into Devils Peak, New Territories, Hong Kong which was obscured by low lying cloud. They both exploded on impact killing the pilots.

26/03/1956

WM997

240

Sea Hawk FB5

811 NAS

28/03/1956

WV423

Provost T1

CFS

Crashed near South Cerney, Gloucestershire after the engine failed and caught fire.

29/03/1956

WL847

Venom NF2

253 Sqn

Declared a write off after overshooting on landing at Waterbeach, Cambs. N.B. The date is when it was struck of charge, which may differ from the date of the incident.

03/04/1956

WB176

Meteor PR10

13 Sqn

Collided over the Mediterranean  Sea off Akrotiri, Cyprus. WB176 crashed into the sea after the crew baled out. WH569 belly landed at Akrotiri and burnt out.

03/04/1956

WH569

Meteor PR10

13 Sqn

05/04/1956

WR320

Venom FB1

32 Sqn

Broke up and burnt out killing the pilot during an emergency landing at Takali, Malta following engine failure.

06/04/1956

VX936

Auster T7

LAS

Bounced on landing at Middle Wallop, Hampshire and overturned.

06/04/1956

FX459

Harvard T2B

Liverpool UAS

Swung on landing at Woodvale, Lancashire causing the undercarriage to collapse.

06/04/1956

WA104

Vampire FB5

4 FTS

Caught fire and dived into the ground near Middleton St. George, Durham, killing the pilot.

09/04/1956

WD483

Hastings C1

70 Sqn

Caught fire after the undercarriage collapsed on landing at Ataq, Aden.

10/04/1956

WE613

Auster T7

656 Sqn

Swung into a ditch during a forced landing on a road at Seqa, Malaya after the engine cut.

10/04/1956

WT659

Hunter F1

229 OCU

Stalled on approach to Chivenor, Devon and crashed into the river Taw killing the pilot.

10/04/1956

WZ609

76

Vampire T11

4 FTS

Flew into the ground while in the circuit at Middleton St George, Durham killing both crew.

15/04/1956

WD351

Chipmunk T10

Liverpool UAS

Crashed at Down Holland, Lancashire during a turn killing the pilot.

15/04/1956

WG487

Chipmunk T10

Honington Station Flight

Hit ground equipment while taxying at Honington, Suffolk.

16/04/1956

WS694

Meteor NF12

153 Sqn

Flew into the ground immediately after a night  take off from West Malling, Kent. Both crew were killed.

17/04/1956

WE370

H

Venom FB1

14 Sqn loan to RNZAF

The pilot was unable to lower the undercarriage on return to Tengah, Singapore from an anti-terrorism mission. While circling the airfield and using various methods in an attempt to lower the undercarriage the aircraft suffered a flameout. Although the landing was a smooth wheels up the aircraft was classified as beyond repair and scrapped.

17/04/1956

WN909

Hunter F2

257 Sqn

Crashed at Colne Engaine, Essex after the pilot ejected due to engine failure. He separated from his harness and was killed.

17/04/1956

WN965

Hunter F5

41 Sqn

Dived into the ground at Wilmington, Kent after  take off from Biggin Hill. The pilot was killed. No cause was found.

17/04/1956

WW599

A

Hunter F1

43 Sqn

The pilot ejected after loss of power while in the circuit at Leuchars, Fife.

17/04/1956

VW414

Meteor T7

ETPS

Written off, no further details known

19/04/1956

WH466

Meteor F8

43 Sqn

The ventral tank hit the runway during an overshoot at Leuchars, Fife. Landed safely but declared a write off.

19/04/1956

VV601

Vampire FB5

7 FTS

Crashed into a mountain seven mile SSW of Conway, Caenarvon killing the pilot.

22/04/1956

WE895

Meteor F8

609 Sqn

Crashed near Selby, Yorks after loss of control. The pilot baled out but was killed.

24/04/1956

WK405

Venom FB4

60 Sqn

Belly landed at Tengah, Singapore after the undercarriage jammed.

27/04/1956

PH318

Oxford I

3/4 CAACU

Overshot on landing at Exeter, Devon after the pilot approached too fast with full flaps in gusty conditions.

27/04/1956

WF255

707

Sea Hawk F2

764 NAS

During a slow roll at 20,000 ft and while inverted the seat was felt to move. There was then a loud bang and the pilot found himself in free air still in his seat. He parachuted to safety but was injured. The aircraft crashed at Summers Pace north of Billingshurst, Sussex.

28/04/1956

WR344

L

Venom FB1

145 Sqn

Lost power after take off from Celle, West Germany and crash-landed.

30/04/1956

XJ395

Whirlwind HAR 3

A&AEE

Control was lost during a descent from 11,300 ft after the cyclic control moved to port and jammed. The main rotors fractured and the aircraft began to break up at 1,000 ft. The pilot and two other crew abandoned the aircraft by parachute but only the pilot survived. One other crew member remained with the aircraft and was killed when it crashed into the New Forest two miles from Lyndhurst railway station, Hampshire. The wreckage went to Boscombe Down for investigation

01/05/1956

WN376

521

Gannet AS1

700 NAS

Written off in a hangar accident at Ford, Sussex. Allocated to A2435.

01/05/1956

XE671

K

Hunter F4

54 Sqn

Crashed two miles east of Odiham, Hants after the pilot ejected following engine failure.

01/05/1956

VZ332

Vampire FB5

5 FTS

Dived into the ground at night after loss of control on  take off from Oakington, Cambs. The pilot was killed.

03/05/1956

WL848

Venom NF2

219 Sqn

Stalled and crashed while in the circuit at Driffield, Yorks. Both crew were killed.

04/05/1956

PH647

Anson C12

CS Turnhouse

The undercarriage collapsed during take off from Turnhouse, West Lothian causing it to swing off the runway.

06/05/1956

WG329

Chipmunk T10

Cambridge UAS

Stalled in a turn and crashed at Aswell, Hertfordshire.

06/05/1956

WP135

Hunter F5

41 Sqn

Belly landed on the beach after the engine cut on approach to Valley, Anglesey.

07/05/1956

WT328

Canberra B(I)8

A&AEE

The port wing hit the water and the aircraft cartwheeled the sea three miles south of  Shoreham, Sussex during low altitude altimeter trials after the tail plane actuator failed. Both crew were killed.

07/05/1956

WR414

Venom FB4

11 Sqn

Sank back onto the runway on  take off from Fassberg, West Germany causing the undercarriage to collapse.

07/05/1956

RA673

Lincoln B2/4a

BCBS

Struck the sea wall while on finals to Thorney Island, Sussex, lost the starboard undercarriage and crashed onto the runway. Later declared a write off.

11/05/1956

WB124

Meteor FR9

2 Sqn

Overstressed while taking avoiding action during a practice interception at 34,000ft causing the pilot to black out. He  came round at 20,000ft and regained control. Returned to Geilenkirchen, West Germany but was declared a write off.

11/05/1956

WP202

Valiant B1

RAE

Suffered a major electrical failure at low level and high speed south of Farnborough. The pilot attempted a crash landing near Southwick, Sussex but the aircraft exploded when it hit the ground. Of the four crew only the copilot survived when he ejected moments before the aircraft struck the ground. Five civilians were also injured.

13/05/1960

WT574

Hunter F1

Rolls Royce Ltd

The engine failed due to debris damage during gun firing. A forced wheels up landing was made on the grass at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire due to lack of hydraulic pressure. The pilot escaped without injury.

14/05/1956

WH415

Meteor F8

63 Sqn

Landed in the undershoot area at Waterbeach, Cambs. It bounced then belly landed.

14/05/1956

WK412

Venom FB1

28 Sqn

During  a paired  take off  from Sek Kong, Hong Kong WK423 sank back onto the runway and belly landed. WK412 stalled trying to avoid it and crashed, killing the pilot.

14/05/1956

WK423

Venom FB1

28 Sqn

15/05/1956

WS110

Meteor T7

Airwork Ltd

Struck a cottage during a GCA approach to Brawdy, Pembrokeshire killing the pilot.

17/05/1856

WP336

J-376

Wyvern S4

830 NAS

While operating off HMS Eagle it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after the pilot was forced to abandon the aircraft when on approach to Hal Far, Malta and the undercarriage failed to lower. He was rescued safely by helicopter

17/05/1856

WS831

Meteor NF14

264 Sqn

The brakes failed on landing at Linton On Ouse, Yorks. It ran off the runway and into a building.

18/05/1956

WE544

Auster T7

LAS

Tipped up onto its nose avoiding a collision while taxying at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

20/05/1956

FT100

Harvard T2B

Hong Kong Aux AF

Stalled and spun into the ground on Aberdeen Island, Hong Kong. The pilot was killed.

22/05/1956

WP339

J-379

Wyvern S4

830 NAS

Ran out of fuel while operating off HMS Eagle in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta. It flew into the water with the undercarriage down killing the pilot

23/05/1956

WZ713

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Crashed near Ipoh, Malaya after control was lost in bad weather.

24/05/1956

WE615

Auster T7

LAS

Tipped up onto its nose on landing at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

25/05/1956

WZ701

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Force-landed into a swamp near Ipoh, Malaya after the engine cut.

25/05/1956

XE373

193

Sea Hawk FGA6

895 NAS

Dived into the ground while orbiting the airfield at Brawdy. Pembrokeshire. The pilot was killed. Possibly caused by the disengagement of one of the powered ailerons.

28/05/1956

WD734

Meteor NF11

68 Sqn

Sank back onto the runway on take off from Wahn, West Germany and overshot.

30/05/1956

WK371

CU769

Firefly AS7

819 NAS

Made a forced landing onto the Helston to Falmouth road, Cornwall after engine failure.

30/05/1956

WR411

X

Venom FB4

6 Sqn

Stalled on  take off from Idris, Libya and burnt out killing the pilot.

30/05/1956

WR526

Venom FB4

8 Sqn

Crash-landed at Khormaksar, Aden.

31/05/1956

WW224

355

Sea Venom FAW21

890 NAS

During deck landing trials on HMS Bulwark it climbed steeply after launch, turned to starboard and struck the sea inverted.

31/05/1956

WA649

LP591

Meteor T7

728 NAS

Crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off Delimara Point, Malta killing the pilot during a radar calibration exercise with HMS Jamaica. Possibly caused by anoxia after the pilot turned off his oxygen. The wreck was recovered by HMS Jamica.

04/06/1956

WK752

Meteor F8

RAFFC

The brakes failed on landing at Langar, Nottinghamshire and it ran into a ditch.

04/06/1956

WL138

Meteor F8

19 Sqn

Lost power on approach to Church Fenton, Yorks and force-landed.

04/06/1956

WW262

350

Sea Venom FAW21

890 NAS

Stalled during deck landing trials on HMS Bulwark. It crashed into the sea after a wing hit the stern of the ship. Both crew were killed.

05/06/1956

WX881

F

Venom NF3

23 Sqn

Crash-landed into fields after the engine cut on  take off from Coltishall, Norfolk.

05/06/1956

WT618

Hunter F1

DFLS

The pilot allowed the aircraft to sink below 50ft during a practice strike and struck a tall tree. It returned to West Raynham, Norfolk. but was declared a write off.

05/06/1956

WG800

Vampire FB5

5 FTS

Crashed near Littleport, Cambs after the pilot ejected following loss of control during practice aerobatics.

07/06/1956

WZ694

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Hit trees during a reconnaissance flight and crashed into the jungle near Kuala Pilah, Malaya. The three crew were killed.

08/06/1956

DK557

CU724

Firefly T7

756 NAS

Swung on take off from Culdrose, Cornwall causing the undercarriage to collapse.

09/06/1956

XE175

Seamew AS1

Short Brothers Ltd

During an air display at Sydenham, Northern Ireland the aircraft entered a slow roll. The nose fell and the pilot seemed to be trying to finish with a half loop, but with insufficient height, the aircraft struck the runway nose first. The pilot was killed

11/06/1956

WR380

Venom FB4

249 Sqn

Crashed near Amman, Jordan after the pilot ejected following engine failure.

12/06/1956

XA570

B

Javelin FAW1

46 Sqn

Flew into the ground during a night approach to Odiham, Hants. Both crew were killed.

13/06/1956

XA313

G

Cadet TX3

1 GS

Blown off course by a gust of wind at Hawkinge, Kent. It hit power cables and landed on the roof of a house.

13/06/1956

XA354

298

Gannet AS1

815 NAS

Due to the inexperience of the pilot the aircraft broke out of the catapult while being prepared for launch from HMS Bulwark. It travelled along the deck and fell into the sea. The pilot was rescued.

15/06/1956

WK641

Chipmunk T10

Hull UAS

Stalled during a practice forced landing at Alkborough, Lincolnshire and cartwheeled.

15/06/1956

VX521

Valetta C1

110 Sqn

Stalled during a supply drop over the Malayan jungle and dived into a hill. The nine crew were killed.

18/06/1956

WZ699

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Undershot on landing at Noble Field, Malaya and lost its undercarriage.

18/06/1956

WF713

Meteor F8

600 Sqn

Undershot on landing at Takali, Malta causing the undercarriage to collapse.

19/06/1956

XE452

170

Sea Hawk FGA6

804 NAS

Crashed into the sea fifteen miles off Lossiemouth, Morayshire while on a test flight. The pilot ejected and parachuted into the sea but was killed.

19/06/1956

TW530

Auster AOP6

663 Sqn

Lost its propeller on  take off from St Athan, Glamorgan. It force-landed into a field and hit a hedge.

21/06/1956

WP138

T

Hunter F5

1 Sqn

Overshot during a forced landing at Chivenor, Devon after the engine had failed

21/06/1956

WR340

Venom FB1

73 Sqn

Declared a write off on landing at Amman, Jordan after the gun door detached in flight hitting a wing.

21/06/1956

XK773

Skeeter AOP6

A&AEE

Ran onto the grass after landing at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. The nosewheel broke off causing the main rotor to strike the ground and the aircraft to roll onto its side breaking off the tail cone. The pilot escaped safely.

22/06/1956

VV914

Anson T21

3/4 CAACU

Lost power on take off from Pembrey, Carmarthen and crash-landed.

23/06/1956

WA285

Vampire FB5

7 FTS

Crashed into Holyhead Harbour, Anglesey after the pilot ejected following engine failure.

25/06/1956

XD909

Swift FR5

Vickers Armstrong A/C Ltd

Crashed at Chilbolton, Hampshire after the engine failed to relight following a deliberate shut down. The pilot ejected safely at 2,800ft this being his second ejection from a Swift.

25/06/1956

XG505

Sycamore HR14

275 Sqn

Ditched into the North Sea off North Coates after the engine lost power during a winching exercise.

25/06/1956

WM917

457

Sea Hawk FB5

897 NAS

Ditched into the sea near Speira Harbour, Italy seventeen minutes after WM968 below, also after running out of fuel during bad weather and language problems with Pisa ATC while operating off HMS Eagle. Both aircraft were briefed to land at Pisa airfield but the US authorities had not informed the airfield of their intended arrival.

25/06/1956

WM968

466

Sea Hawk FB5

897 NAS

Ditched into Genoa Harbour, Italy after running out of fuel due to bad weather and language problems with the ATC at Pisa. It was operating off HMS Eagle. See WM917 above.

26/06/1956

WM812

CU770

Firefly T7

796 NAS

The port undercarriage collapsed on landing at Culdrose, Cornwall.

26/06/1956

WM927

462

Sea Hawk FB5

897 NAS

Ditched into the sea off Italy after a catapult launch from HMS Eagle.

27/06/1956

VF490

Auster AOP6

663 Sqn

The undercarriage collapsed on landing near Dilwyn, Herefordshire.

27/06/1956

XJ362

Sycamore HR14

JEHU

Damaged beyond repair on landing near Bulford Camp, Wiltshire.

28/06/1956

WH355

Meteor F8

FWS

Dived into the ground south of Scunthorpe, Lincs after control was lost in cloud. The pilot was killed.

28/06/1956

WL407

Meteor T7

Wahn Station Flight

The pilot baled out near Bonn, West Germany after the canopy came off during a dive and the aircraft began to break up.

29/06/1956

WR378

Venom FB4

266 Sqn

Stalled on approach to Fassberg, West Germany and crashed killing the pilot.

30/06/1956

WB105

Meteor F8

604 Sqn

A wing hit the ground after hitting a slipstream on approach to North Weald, Essex. Overshot but crashed on second approach after the ailerons jammed.

01/07/1956

XB323

Avenger AS4

844 NAS

Crashed onto Tilstock Airfield near Whitchurch, Shropshire after the engine failed during a steep turn due to a loose nut in the carburettor. The aircraft had been taking part in an Army co-operation exercise. The pilot was killed

02/07/1956

XE450

487

Sea Hawk FGA6

899 NAS

Crashed during a night mirror landings at Hal Far, Malta.

03/07/1956

WR348

Venom FB1

73 Sqn

Belly landed at Nicosia, Cyprus after the undercarriage jammed.

03/07/1956

WA578

Sycamore 10

A&AEE

Suffered a sudden loss of power due to a fuel leak and force landed on rough ground two miles north of Tidworth, Wiltshire. The rotor blades struck the ground and the tail rotor was torn off when the aircraft rolled onto its port side. Both crew escaped safely.

04/07/1956

WR452

Venom FB4

249 Sqn

Written off when the engine caught fire on start up at Amman, Jordan.

06/07/1956

WP275

Attacker FB2

1832 Sqn

Crashed into the English Channel off Littlehampton, Sussex after the starboard wing tip folded shortly after take off from Ford. The pilot ejected safely

06/07/1956

PH658

Anson C12

RAFG Comm Sqn

Damaged in a flying accident in West Germany. Later declared a write off and sent to 71 MU at Bicester.

08/07/1956

VV661

F

Vampire FB5

501 Sqn

During a paired  take off from Filton, Gloucs the lead aircraft lifted off too early causing it to swing and strike the runway. VV661 took avoiding action and both aircraft abandoned take off. The aircraft then ran through the boundary fence after the brakes failed.

10/07/1956

XF265

Sycamore HR14

275 Sqn

Ditched into the North Sea next to the Bell Rock Lighthouse, off Middlesborough, after engine failure.

10/07/1956

WB583

Chipmunk T10

Bircham Newton Station Flt

Crashed at Bircham Newton, Norfolk.

11/07/1956

WK425

Venom FB1

32 Sqn

The pilot carried out an unauthorised flapless landing in difficult weather conditions at Takali, Malta. He was unable to stop and ran through the perimeter fence and ran across some rough ground. 

12/07/1956

WM803

GN341

Firefly T7

719 NAS

Made a wheels up landing onto a mudbank near Bowness, Cumberland after engine failure.

13/07/1956

XE952

Vampire T11

73 Sqn

The pilot ejected NE of Xeros, Cyprus after a fire warning and loss of power.

13/07/1956

WK400

Venom FB1

16 Sqn

The nose wheel collapsed on landing at Sylt, West Germany starting a fire.

13/07/1956

WM916

460

Sea Hawk FB5

897 NAS

Ditched into the Mediterranean off Hal Far, Malta after engine failure, operating off HMS Eagle.

15/07/1956

WP283

ST841

Attacker FB2

1833 Sqn

Stalled on approach to Honiley, Warwickshire. It crashed 150 yards short of the runway, killing a civilian on the road.

16/07/1956

XD441

Vampire T11

Bruggen Station Flt

The undercarriage was retracted in error on landing at Bruggen, West Germany

17/07/1956

WV392

Hunter F4

66 Sqn

Crashed east of Filey, Yorkshire after the pilot ejected following engine failure.

17/07/1956

WE595

Auster T7

1910 Flt

Hit a strand of wire across the strip on landing at Limni Camp, Cyprus and overturned.

18/07/1956

WF124

676

Sea Prince T1

750 NAS

Overshot during a single engine landing at Culdrose, Cornwall. It ran into a building and a stationary Dragonfly HAR3, WP493.

20/07/1956

MB517

CU721

Firefly T7

765 NAS

Ditched into Mounts Bay off Porthleven, Cornwall after engine failure.

23/07/1956

FX334

Harvard T2B

Nottingham UAS

Belly landed after the engine cut while in the circuit at Kinloss, Morayshire.

23/07/1956

XE376

171

Sea Hawk FGA6

804 NAS

Flew into high ground at Chanctonbury Ring on Sussex Downs during a GCA to Ford, West Sussex in low cloud. The pilot did not eject and was killed.

23/07/1956

XK369

Pioneer CC1

215 Sqn

Hit a fence while taking off down wind at Barnard Castle, County Durham and crashed into a ditch.

24/07/1956

XH569

Canberra B6

Radar Reccon Flt

Following an earlier engine explosion, one engine failed and power was lost on the other while on approach to Wyton, Cambs. It crashed at Woodhurst.

24/07/1956

WE373

Venom FB1

45 Sqn

Broke up in the air and dived into the sea off Yen Kedah, Malaya killing the pilot.

26/07/1956

WH421

Meteor F8

611 Sqn

Overshot on landing at Takali, Malta and hit a wall.

27/07/1956

WA200

Vampire FB5

8 FTS

After touch down at Swinderby, Lincs the aircraft continued down the runway in a tail down attitude. It then climbed steeply and side slipped into the ground, cartwheeled and caught fire. Possibly caused by a spanner found in the port boom, wedging the elevator control. The pilot was killed.

28/07/1956

WK354

CU766

Firefly T7

796 NAS

Crashed off the end of the runway at Culdrose, Cornwall after the pilot raised the undercarriage, trying to avoid an overshoot.

31/07/1956

G-39-2

Gnat (P)

Folland Aircraft Company Ltd

Both tailplanes detached while at 590 knots due to the onset of symmetric flutter caused by low rotational stiffness in the tailplane control circuit. The pilot ejected after some difficulty and the aircraft crashed near Shipton Bellinger, Hants. This was a company demonstration aircraft and did not carry a military registration.

01/08/1956

WB180

Meteor PR10

13 Sqn

Collided during the take off run at Akrotiri, Cyprus. WB180 overshot and was written off while WB172 was only slightly damaged.

01/08/1956

WB172

Meteor PR10

13 Sqn

02/08/1956

VW812

Valetta C1

Aden PCSS

Overshot on landing at Mahfid, Aden causing the undercarriage to collapse.

04/08/1956

WL726

Sea Balliol T21

727 NAS

Struck the runway and exploded during a display at Brawdy Air Show, Pembrokeshire. The pilot was killed.

05/08/1956

WM777

CU778

Firefly T7

796 NAS

The pilot retracted the undercarriage to stop after the engine surged on  take off from Culdrose, Cornwall.

06/08/1956

WE564

Auster T7

656 Sqn

Force-landed into a swamp at Taiping, Malaya after the engine cut.

06/08/1956

WR304

Venom FB1

45 Sqn

Crashed after a wing hit the ground on  take off from Butterworth, Malaya.

07/08/1956

WE341

Venom FB1

16 Sqn

Crashed five mile SW of Wunstorf, West Germany after the pilot ejected following a fire warning.

09/08/1956

WZ710

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Force-landed into the jungle ten miles north of Kroh, Malaya after the engine cut.

10/08/1956

WF303

629

Sea Hawk FB3

738 NAS

Crashed into Dornoch Firth during a practice bombing run on Tain range, Ross and Cromarty.

10/08/1956

XE442

233

Sea Hawk FGA6

810 NAS

Ditched into the sea off Gibraltar after attempting an emergency landing with the undercarriage jammed up. Operating off HMS Bulwark.

10/08/1956

WK498

Venom FB1

60 Sqn

Belly landed at Tengah, Singapore after the undercarriage jammed.

10/08/1956

WT484

Canberra T4

Laarbruch Station Flt

The aircraft had almost recovered from a steep high speed dive when the starboard wing dropped and it dived into the ground at Empel, West Germany. It exploded on impact killing the three crew.

10/08/1956

WX844

L

Venom NF3

89 Sqn

Flew into the ground during a night overshoot at Stradishall, Suffolk.

13/08/1956

WT627

Hunter F1

DFLS

Crashed near Fakenham, Norfolk after the pilot ejected following loss of power on approach to West Raynham.

13/08/1956

WN367

264

Gannet AS1

812 NAS

The pilot was unable to lower the main undercarriage while operating off HMS Eagle. He diverted to Hal far, Malta but was unable to lower the undercarriage with the emergency hand pump due to a leak in the hydraulic system. It landed with only the nose wheel down and this collapsed causing the aircraft to slew off the runway.

14/08/1956

XF290

F

Hunter F4

67 Sqn

The pilot ejected just after  take off from Bruggen, West Germany after engine failure.

16/08/1956

WM919

464

Sea Hawk FB5

897 NAS

Dived into the Mediterranean from a formation joining the landing circuit for HMS Eagle.

16/08/1956

FX496

Harvard T2B

Malayan Aux A/F

Belly landed in error at Seletar, Singapore.

18/08/1956

WB125

Meteor FR9

208 Sqn

Overshot on take off from Takali, Malta after the throttle jammed.

20/08/1956

WT577

RS-K

Hunter F1

229 OCU

Landed nose wheel first at Chivenor, Devon during a manual landing. It bounced several times before the nose wheel collapsed. To No.1 SoTT Halton for G.I. as 7374M

20/08/1956

WG457

Chipmunk T10

MCCS

After recovering from a loop during a tail chase the pilot found that he was very close to the ground with a railway viaduct on one side, HT cables on the other and a hill in front. He pulled up sharply, stalled and crashed at Hurstbourne, Hamshire.

21/08/1956

XD521

Vampire T11

5 FTS

Undershot the runway and hit a hedge at Graveley, Cambs after the engine failed to respond during an overshoot.

21/08/1956

WE382

Venom FB1

45 Sqn

Abandoned  take off from Butterworth, Malaya and ran into the sea after the canopy came off.

23/08/1856

WA142

Vampire FB5

63 Group Comms Flt

Crashed at Bala, Merioneth, Wales after the pilot was overcome by anoxia.

23/08/1956

WH374

J

Meteor F8

63 Sqn

Belly landed at Waterbeach, Cambs in error. Burnt out after the ventral tank exploded.

24/08/1956

XF611

Provost T1

1 FTS

Stalled on approach to Spitalgate, Lincs and dived into the ground.

24/08/1956

XF980

Hunter F4

CFS

The Hunter was climbing at full throttle and collided at 10,000ft over Nailsworth, Gloucestershire with the Javelin which was making a rapid descent. The closing speed was 920 knots and the tail of the Hunter sliced through the front fuselage of the Javelin, ejecting both of the crew. The pilots parachute cord was severed and he fell to the ground. The Hunter crashed at Wooton Under Edge after the pilot had ejected safely

24/08/1956

XA644

Javelin FAW4

Gloster Aircraft Company

26/08/1956

WE853

A

Meteor F8

615 Sqn

Collided during  a join  up and  crashed seven miles north of Ipswich, Suffolk. Both pilots were killed

26/08/1956

WH280

E

Meteor F8

615 Sqn

27/08/1956

WZ575

Vampire T11

APS Sylt

During a formation flight the engine cowling of detached. The aircraft dived steeply across the nose of WZ575 resulting in a collision. Both aircraft returned to Sylt, West Germany but were both written off

27/08/1956

XH323

Vampire T11

APS Sylt

27/08/1956

WK985

Meteor F8

608 Sqn

Crashed six miles SE of Ceuta, Spanish Morocco after the pilot baled out following engine failure

28/08/1956

WT637

RS-D

Hunter F1

229 OCU

The radio inspection panels came adrift after take off from Chivenor, Devon and damaged both air intakes and the fuselage skin. This was due to the aircraft not being refitted with its original panels. It was not repaired and was allocated to Halton as 7375M

29/08/1956

WP132

Hunter F5

34 Sqn

Overshot the runway on landing at Nicosia, Cyprus after the brakes failed and ran down an escarpment

29/08/1956

WZ678

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Abandoned take off from Seremban, Malaya. It overshot and ran into a bank

30/08/1956

XD692

Q-W

Jet Provost T1

2 FTS

Force-landed and hit a wall eight miles WNW of Hullavington, Gloucs after engine failure

31/08/1956

WV843

652

Sea Hawk FGA4

738 NAS

Landed 250 yards short of the runway at Lossiemouth, Morayshire during a flapless landing. It ran through the perimeter fence and came to rest 50 yards short of the runway. Sent for repair but declared a write off

31/08/1956

WT866

Cadet TX3

614 VGS

Written off in a flying accident at Hornchurch, East London.

02/09/1956

WP134

Hunter F5

41 Sqn

The pilot ejected after control was lost in a cloud. It crashed near North Weald, Essex.

03/09/1956

VV460

Vampire FB5

5 FTS

Dived into the ground south of Peterborough, Cambs after loss of control in a spin.

04/09/1956

VA878

Sea Mosquito T3

Airwork Ltd

Crashed through the boundary fence and ran into a cow shed after the starboard engine failed on  take off from St. Davids, Pembrokeshire.

04/09/1956

WN113

141

Sea Hawk FB5

802 NAS

Became overdue at night between Tain Range and Milltown. A search by Shackleton through the night found nothing. A search by a Sea Hawk in the morning found an oil slick. It had crashed into the sea six miles east of Lossiemouth, Morayshire killing the pilot.

05/09/1956

WM966

457

Sea Hawk FB5

897 NAS

Ditched into the Mediterranean after it caught fire on launch from HMS Eagle.

05/09/1956

WD165

Valetta C1

48 Sqn

Ditched into the sea after an engine cut while on approach to the Car Nicobar Islands, Malaya.

05/09/1956

WK419

H

Venom FB1

145 Sqn

Damaged by debris during a rocket attack on Fassberg range, West Germany. Landed safely but declared a write off.

06/09/1956

XE321

Sycamore HC14

194 Sqn

Crash-landed at Ipoh, Malaya after the tail rotor drive failed.

07/09/1956

VV624

Vampire FB5

5 FTS

Belly landed into a field five mile SW of Cambridge after the engine failed.

07/09/1956

WX856

Venom NF3

151 Sqn

Belly landed and burnt out at Leuchars, Fife after the undercarriage jammed.

10/09/1956

TX174

Anson C19

Gibraltar Station Flight

Lost height during a single engine approach to Gibraltar when the undercarriage was lowered and ditched into the Mediterranean.

11/09/1956

WK787

Meteor F8

Turnhouse Comm Flt

Dived into the ground at  Turnhouse, West Lothian when recovering from a loop.

13/09/1956

WW417

Provost T1

RAFC

Lost power during a practice forced landing at Folkingham, Lincs. It overshot and hit a concrete block.

13/09/1956

WV412

Hunter F4

112 Sqn

The pilot ejected after the engine cut while in the circuit at Sylt, West Germany.

14/09/1956

RH763

Brigand T3

de Havilland A/C Co Ltd

The pilot was unable to lower the starboard undercarriage or retract the port.  After an initially successful touchdown at Hatfield, Herts the aircraft spun wildly after the wing tip struck the ground. 

16/09/1956

VS589

Anson T21

Queens UAS

Force-landed into a field at Castlereagh Manse, Northern Ireland after control was lost during a practice single engine approach at Belfast Harbour Airport. The pilot was uninjured

16/09/1956

VV479

Vampire FB5

605 Sqn

Belly landed onto the runway at Honiley, Warwickshire after engine failure.

17/09/1956

VZ349

Vampire FB5

8 FTS

The pilot ejected over Fosdyke, Lincolnshire after loss of control during aerobatics.

18/09/1956

WW606

RS-H

Hunter F1

229 OCU

Swung off the runway after an undercarriage leg broke on landing at Chivenor, Devon and struck a vehicle. To 7541M.

21/09/1956

XE982

Vampire T11

RAFC

XE982  was  damaged beyond repair  when WL505 taxied into it on the dispersal at Cranwell, Lincs. WL505 was only slightly damaged.

21/09/1956

WL505

Vampire FB9

RAFC

21/09/1956

XF932

A

Hunter F4

234 Sqn

Lost power on  take off from Kleine Brogel, Belgium. It crashed into the undershoot area while making a forced landing.

25/09/1956

VX790

Avro 707B

ETPS

Due to flaring the landing at Farnborough, Hampshire the aircraft pitched up close to the ground and control was lost. It struck the runway and bounced to destruction. The pilot escaped without injury.

26/09/1956

WN914

V

Hunter F2

257 Sqn

Suffered engine failure on approach to Strubby, Lincs. The undercarriage collapsed on landing due to insufficient hydraulic pressure to lower it fully. Not repaired and declared a write off during June 1957.

27/09/1956

WL832

Venom NF2

253 Sqn

The pilot lost control at night while at 4,000ft and struck the ground six mile west of Ely, Cambs before he could recover. It exploded killing both crew,

27/09/1956

WF156

849

Sea Hawk F1

1836 Sqn

Crashed at North Farm, Berwick, Oxfordshire. The pilot ejected but was killed.

28/09/1956

WE189

Canberra T4

BLEU

The port engine stalled after the pilot attempted to overshoot from a too low and slow approach to Martlesham Heath. Suffolk. Directional control was lost and the aircraft rolled inverted and dived into the ground from 200ft killing both crew. The port engine had failed to respond due to a faulty acceleration control unit which had caused severe over fuelling.

28/09/1956

WG845

Vampire FB5

7 FTS

Crashed after the engine failed on  take off from Valley, Anglesey. The pilot was killed.

28/09/1956

RA657

Lincoln B2

199 Sqn

Damaged when it bounced on landing at Turnhouse, West Lothian in turbulent conditions, overran the runway and came to rest in a ditch. It was not repaired and was scrapped on site.

01/10/1956

XA897

Vulcan B1

232 OCU

The undercarriage struck the ground while on approach to Heathrow Airport in fog. The pilot and co pilot were unable to control the aircraft and ejected. The other four crew were unable to abandon the aircraft and were killed when it hit the runway.

01/10/1956

XG679

220

Sea Venom FAW21

809 NAS

During manhandling on board HMS Albion the brakes failed and it went over the side into the Mediterranean Sea.

03/10/1956

XE705

P

Hunter F4

43 Sqn

Ingested a bird on  take off from Leuchars, Fife. The pilot aborted  take off but overshot the runway onto mudflats of the river Eden.

04/10/1956

WK874

G

Meteor F8

247 Sqn

The undercarriage collapsed after landing at Odiham, Hants causing the ventral tank to catch fire.

04/10/1956

WZ509

Vampire T11

167 Sqn

Belly landed in a field 80 miles ENE of Jodphur, India after the engine failed while on a ferry flight

04/10/1956

XE405

232

Sea Hawk FGA6

810 NAS

Crashed near Malta during a mission from HMS Bulwark. The pilot had ejected after a warning light came on.

05/10/1956

WM971

133

Sea Hawk FB5

802 NAS

Crashed into Mellinka Bay, Malta while operating off HMS Albion after the pilot ejected due to a spurious fire warning.

05/10/1956

WL137

B

Meteor F8

19 Sqn

Crashed nine mile SW of Worksop, Notts after control was lost in cloud. The pilot was killed

07/10/1956

XA168

ST940

Sea Vampire T22

Stretton Sttion Flt

Came out of cloud in a dive during an air test. It struck the ground at Willington, Cheshire killing the pilot.

09/10/1956

WR230

3

Vampire FB9

RAFC

Stalled and crashed during an overshoot at Cranwell, Lincolnshire killing the pilot.

09/10/1956

WK801

F

Meteor F8

65 Sqn

Hit the slipstream of another aircraft while on approach to Chivenor, Devon. It sank onto the runway, causing the undercarriage to collapse.

09/10/1956

WA226

Vampire FB5

229 OCU

Ran out of fuel and hit trees during a forced landing eight miles east of Barnstaple, Devon. The pilot was killed.

10/10/1956

WX545

Neptune MR1

36 Sqn

Flew into high ground one mile NE of Mull of Kintrye, Argyll during a night anti-submarine exercise. The nine crew were killed.

11/10/1956

WR785

D

Venom NF2

33 Sqn

Struck trees and HT cables after a night  take off from Driffield, Yorks. It crashed killing both crew.

12/10/1956

VZ874

Vampire FB5

7 FTS

Flew into a mountain at night seven mile SE of Caernarvon, North Wales killing the pilot.

13/10/1956

WV197

Whirlwind HAR 21

848 Sqn

Crashed and burnt out on  take off from Pengerang, South Johore, Malaya after engine failure.

13/10/1956

WZ671

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Force-landed and overturned after the engine cut on take off from Segamat, Malaya.

13/10/1956

WA855

Meteor F8

41 Sqn

Crashed at Sidcup, Kent after the pilot baled out following engine failure.

14/10/1956

XB440

Avenger AS5

Scottish Air Division 

Rolled to starboard at 50ft while on approach to Abbotsinch, Glasgow and crashed onto the runway threshold. The crew escaped uninjured.

15/10/1956

WV194

F

Whirlwind HAR 21

848 Sqn

Struck trees on  take off and sank back into the Malayan jungle. Returned to the UK for ground instruction.

16/10/1956

WN161

Balliol T2

TCCF

The undercarriage collapsed on landing at Upavon, Wiltshire.

21/10/1956

VF554

Auster AOP6

663 Sqn

Caught by a down-draught, force-landed and cartwheeled down a hillside four miles south of Llanfairfechan, Denbigh.

22/10/1956

WF163

702

Sea Hawk F1

764 NAS

Swung off the runway on landing at Ford, Sussex after the starboard undercarriage collapsed. 

22/10/1956

WG184

Balliol T2

228 OCU

During night circuits and landings at Middle Wallop, Hants the Balliol collided with the Chipmunk which was flying through the airfield traffic zone. Both pilots baled out but the second pilot of the Balliol, who was from the Burmese Air Force was killed

22/10/1956

G-AMUE

Chipmunk T10

22/10/1956

WR337

E

Venom FB1

32 Sqn

Stalled and crashed while on approach to Amman, Jordan killing the pilot.

23/10/1956

WR555

Venom FB4

22 MU

Lost power on approach to Silloth, Cumberland and crashed into the undershoot area.

24/10/1956

WM922

132

Sea Hawk FB5

802 NAS

Caught fire on the catapult on HMS Albion and ditched into the Mediterranean Sea ahead of the ship while operating off Hal Far, Malta. The pilot was rescued.

24/10/1956

XF999

Hunter F4

CFS

Crashed three miles east of Kemble, Gloucs after control failure. The pilot ejected but was killed.

24/10/1956

WX907

E

Venom NF3

89 Sqn

The engine failed while on approach to Stradishall, Suffolk. It struck a hedge and caught fire, killing the pilot.

26/10/1956

VZ308

Vampire FB5

5 FTS

Crashed at Wisbech St. Mary, Cambridgeshire.

29/10/1956

WP124

B

Hunter F5

34 Sqn

Made a wheels up down wind landing at  Nicosia, Cyprus after engine problems and failure of the undercarriage. It came to rest off the runway and caught fire.

29/10/1956

XE441

198

Sea Hawk FGA6

897 NAS

Ditched into the Mediterranean Sea over the side of HMS Eagle after catapult failure on launch while operating off Malta.

29/10/1956

XG636

Sea Venom FAW21

891 NAS

Contact was lost during a night Glow Worm sortie. A Glow Worm was an air launched rocket that was used to illuminate targets at night. The aircraft crashed into the sea nine miles off Portland, Dorset killing both crew

31/10/1956

TE407

Spitfire LF16

187 Sqn

A wing struck the runway on landing at Kirkbride, Cumberland. It swung off the runway causing the undercarriage to collapse.

01/11/1956

WW600

Hunter F1

DFLS

Suffered a bird strike. Landed back at West Raynham, Norfolk but later declared a write off.

02/11/1956

WM933

463

Sea Hawk FB5

895 NAS

Ran off the ship and into the sea after the arrestor wire parted on landing on HMS Bulwark. The pilot was killed.

02/11/1956

WW281

95

Sea Venom FAW21

893 NAS

Damaged beyond repair following a wheels up landing on HMS Eagle during the Suez campaign.

03/11/1956

WZ292

Attacker FB2

1833 Sqn

The undercarriage was raised to stop during  take off from Honiley, Warwickshire.

03/11/1956

WR505

W

Venom FB4

8 Sqn

Listed as missing on a flight, possibly in Aden.

03/11/1956

WN330

J379

Wyvern S4

830 NAS

Hit by anti aircraft fire over Gamil Bridge, west of Port Said, Egypt. The pilot glided the aircraft for three miles out to sea and ejected safely near to HMS Eagle.

05/11/1956

WN328

J371

Wyvern S4

830 NAS

The engine exploded while on air support operations for paratroop landings on Gamil airfield, Egypt. The pilot ejected safely.

06/11/1956

XJ400

Z

Whirlwind HAR3

845 NAS

During Anglo-French operations and while flying from HMS Eagle to HMS Theseus it ditched into the Mediterranean Sea off Port Said, Egypt after running out of fuel. The pilot and two French officers were rescued

06/11/1956

XE377

195

Sea Hawk FGA6

897 NAS

Hit by flak causing the fuel tank to catch fire while on operations off HMS Eagle during the Suez campaign in the Port Said area of Egypt.

06/11/1956

WT371

Canberra B6

139 Sqn

The pilot shut down the starboard engine after a suspected fire. The aircraft yawed during an asymmetric approach to Nicosia, Cyprus and crashed short of the runway. The three crew were killed.

06/11/1956

WH799

Canberra PR7

58 Sqn

Shot down by a Syrian Air Force MiG-17 while on a reconnaissance mission off the Syrian coast during the Suez crisis. One crew member was killed.

06/11/1956

WA401

Vampire FB5

612 Sqn

Belly landed on a beach and caught fire after the engine had failed on take off from Dyce, Aberdeen.

07/11/1956

XE400

107

Sea Hawk FGA6

800 NAS

Crashed during operations off Port Said, Egypt after the engine was hit by flak. It was operating off HMS Albion.

10/11/1956

WP180

Hunter F5

1 Sqn

Damaged beyond repair when an EOKA time bomb exploded at Nicosia, Cyprus.

10/11/1956

WT587

Hunter F1

229 OCU

The Iraqi pilot lost control in cloud and ejected. He landed in the sea near Lundy Island in the  Bristol Channel. Although he inflated his Mae West and dinghy he did not inflate his exposure suit. His body was found close to the dinghy but not attached to it. It was concluded that he had been thrown out in the heavy swell.

14/11/1956

WV196

H

Whirlwind HAR21

848 Sqn

Crashed into the Malayan jungle and burnt out.

14/11/1956

PH782

Anson C12

APS

An undercarriage leg collapsed during  take off from Acklington, Northumberland.

14/11/1956

XE375

239

Sea Hawk FGA6

801 NAS

The hook pulled out on landing on HMS Bulwark. The pilot attempted to stop but the aircraft struck parked Sea Hawk WM985 before running over the side into the sea. The pilot was rescued.

15/11/1956

XG230

Hunter F6

92 Sqn

Crashed near Easingwold, North Yorkshire after the pilot ejected following control failure. Probably due to icing up of the controls at high altitude.

15/11/1956

WE465

Venom FB1

45 Sqn

The port armament/wireless access panel opened during  take off from Butterworth, Malaya. The pilot raised the undercarriage to prevent the aircraft running into the sea.

18/11/1956

XF945

Hunter F4

234 Sqn

Crashed at night 15 miles SW of Aachen, West Germany after the pilot ejected following engine failure.

19/11/1956

WN336

Wyvern S4

830 NAS

Both damaged beyond repair on the hangar deck of HMS Eagle after the guns of Sea Venom WW193 were fired accidentally. Sea Venom WW270 was also damaged. The ship was in the Middle East at the time.

19/11/1956

WW282

094

Sea Venom FAW21

893 NAS

20/11/1956

TA669

Mosquito TT35

APS Sylt

Crash-landed at Schleswigland, West Germany after an engine cut and an undercarriage leg jammed.

21/11/1956

WA121

Vampire FB5

229 OCU

Flew into high ground in cloud six miles SW of Porlock, Somerset. The pilot was killed.

21/11/1956

WR803

Venom NF2

253 Sqn

Crashed 20 miles south of Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk after loss of control due to a loose tip tank.

22/11/1956

WJ615

Canberra B2

50 Sqn

Flew into a mountain at night in bad weather at Lochnager, six mile SE of Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Both crew were killed.

23/11/1956

VX525

Valetta C1

48 Sqn

Stalled during a turn while carrying out a supply drop over the jungle in Malaya. It crashed killing the seven crew.

27/11/1956

WX546

Neptune MR1

36 Sqn

Belly landed in error during a night asymmetric landing at Topcliffe, Yorkshire.

28/11/1956

XF305

Hunter F4

67 Sqn

Burnt out at Sylt, West Germany after simultaneous firing of two starter cartridges.

28/11/1956

VW183

Valetta C1

APCSS

Struck a herd of goats on  take off from Atag, Aden damaging the undercarriage. Written off in the subsequent belly landing at Khormaksar.

29/11/1956

WV565

Provost T1

1 FTS

Bounced on landing at Syerston, Nottinghamshire, stalled and crashed.

29/11/1956

XH300

Vampire T11

8 FTS

The pilot was instructed to abandon  take off from Swinderby, Lincolnshire due to sparks coming from the engine. The pilot raised the undercarriage to stop. Caused by a blanking plate being left in the intake resulting in an overheated engine.

30/11/1956

VS982

A-S

Meteor PR10

541 Sqn

The pilot abandoned  take off from Wunstorf, West Germany due a fluctuating jet pipe temp gauge. It overshot the runway and struck a railway line causing the undercarriage to collapse.

30/11/1956

WK432

A-K

Venom FB1

94 Sqn

A cowling detached in flight and struck the tailplane. It landed at Celle, West Germany but was written off.

03/12/1956

WR281

Venom FB1

45 Sqn

Sank back onto the runway on  take off from Butterworth, Malaya and overshot into a paddy field.

04/12/1956

XE669

Hunter F4

98 Sqn

The engine exploded shortly after take off from Jever, West Germany causing the jet pipe to extend six feet out of the fuselage. The pilot ejected but was killed.

04/12/1956

WJ402

Auster AOP6

1910 Flt

Swung on landing at Episkopi, Cyprus and ran into a ditch.

04/12/1956

WR415

Venom FB4

5 Sqn

Belly landed at Sylt, West Germany after the engine failed.

05/12/1956

XE660

Hunter F4

247 Sqn

Broke formation in cloud at 4,000 feet and dived into the ground west of Alton, Hants. The pilot did not eject and was killed.

06/12/1956

WM314

Meteor NF13

39 Sqn

Flew into the ground at Nicosia, Cyprus during a night approach in bad weather, killing the crew.

07/12/1956

WR970

Shackleton MR3

A.V.Roe Ltd

Flicked inverted after entering an intentional stall with the bomb doors open and the radome fully extended. It entered cloud and emerged under some control but the engines would not respond due to fuel flooding and oiled up ignition system. It passed low over Foolow, Derbyshire and then stalled while in a turn to port. It then struck the ground and caught fire killing the four crew.

12/12/1956

XJ756

Whirlwind HAR2

22 Sqn

Flew into the ground in bad weather four miles NNW of West Malling, Kent, killing two of the crew.

13/12/1956

WZ700

Auster AOP9

656 Sqn

Stalled avoiding trees after take off from Noble Field, Malaya and crashed.

14/12/1956

WE592

Auster T7

1910 Flt

Swung on landing at Kermia, Cyprus and hit an obstruction.

14/12/1956

XD188

J

Whirlwind HAR4

228 Sqn

Sank into the ground on landing eight miles west of Tanah Rata, Malaya and caught fire.

19/12/1956

VW840

Valetta C1

APCSS

Lost a wheel on landing at Hargeisa, British Somaliland causing the undercarriage to collapse.

21/12/1956

WF848

Meteor T7

FECS

Crashed at Pulau Batum Island, Indonesia after control was lost in cloud

27/12/1956

WW651

Hunter F4

222 Sqn

Landed with no brakes at Luqa, Malta after hydraulics failure and overshot into a wall

Wolverhampton Aviation Group