"A Massacre In Java." Pausing only to make a quick phone call to Brüggen to relay the news (apparently disturbing the station commander during the annual formal inspection lunch) we attacked the bottle. Only on the way back to Brüggen did I find out what had happened. The AIM-9G missile hit my aircraft, with my complete tail section behind the wing breaking away and the front part of the aircraft (with me still inside) entering a flat spin. Instead, as the pilot said later, the growl from the missile seeker transferred to his other ear (now indicating the missile on the other wing) and the first missile launched. Combat losses and aircraft operated by experimental establishments not on RAF strength are not included. after engine failure. Only small pieces The aircraft was last sighted on radar over RAF Spadeadam at 13:05 hours, and reported "missing" at 14:05. Indeed the ‘party’ was subsequently mis-reported in the press as us ‘celebrating’ the loss of one of Her Majesty’s aircraft, a fact I tried to correct by a letter to The Telegraph. R.A.F. The pilot ejected and it crashed one mile south of Malvern, I was waved off for a rather wobbly ride to Wegberg hospital for X-rays, etc; at that point there was still no news of what had occurred. Welcome to The Aviation Geek Club, your new stopover aviation place. So how did it happen? Islands. ), then a moment of blissful quiet before the ground below began approaching rapidly. It then banked right and crashed into a into the Atlantic thirty miles off Savannah, Georgia after tail rotor The Phantom I had seen fly over the farmer’s field had shot me down! The Times (London, England), Thursday, 15 November 1945; pg. Crews were then to stand by to fly missions as directed by the SOC for training. A simulated bomb incident forced them to evacuate the aircraft shelter and they were allocated another, which was also still armed with live weapons. The following article contains excerpts from Group Captain Steve Griggs’s story titled With Friends Like These which appears in Ian Hall’s book Jaguar Boys. He was not even on the same radio frequency as me, and we in turn had not been made aware that we were to be intercepted for training. Having read the accident report, and spoken to those involved, the crew seemed to me to be the last link in an unbroken chain that was destined to result in an accident. ground. pilot lost control of the aircraft during ACT when he was flying at a high bird strike. Crash in Hampshire, The Times (London, England), Monday, 8 October 1945; pg. The crew Despite these factors, and the absence of the vital tape on the master arm switch, the crew were deemed by the board of inquiry to be negligent and (eventually) faced a court martial which resulted in them being found guilty of negligence. Allocated to I was rushed to the medical centre for a quick check up, to be met by Paddy and other members of 14 Squadron (I was Staneval Weapons at Brüggen and was flying with 14 Squadron that day) with bottles of beer stuffed in their pockets. cloud at 1,000 ft shortly after take off from Leuchars, Fife. The organisation behind them was seen to be at fault, and following a comprehensive review numerous changes were made to procedures.
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