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A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
14th December 1961


Hawker Aircraft Ltd

P1127 [prototype Kestrel/Harrier] XP836

HSA Ltd , Dunsfold

Port engine front nozzle became detached. Crashed on approach to
Yeovilton, Somerset
Test Pilot A.W.
"Bill" Bedford ejected
[personal testimony of A.W. "Bill" Bedford]
  Martin-Baker
24th February 1963


Hawker Aircraft Ltd

P1127 [prototype Kestrel/Harrier] XP980

Boscombe Down

emergency landing, Boscombe Down      
15th February 1965
Hawker Aircraft Ltd
Kestrel FGA.1 XS690          
1st April 1965


RAF

  XS696

West Raynham

caught fire on takeoff damaged beyond repair      
1st or 15th March 1967
???


RAF

Kestrel FGA.1 XS695   crash landing at Boscombe Down      
21st September 1967
RAF
XV-6A
[Kestrel
 with Pegassus 6]
XS693 A Sqn Engine
failure.Lost over High Post, near Stonehenge,
Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire near Boscombe Down
Sqn. Ldr. H.W.J. Rigg ejected at 200ft   Martin-Baker
27th January 1969
HSA Ltd , Dunsfold
Harrier GR.1 (DB3) XV743 HSA Ltd , Dunsfold Final flight of a USAF
evaluation. The a/c struck the ground with 90{\248} bank.
Major C.R. Rosburg USAF ejected horizontally, just outside the seat performance envelope and killed   Martin-Baker
4 June 1969
Hawker Siddeley Aviation
Harrier T2 XW174 HSA Ltd , Dunsfold Dirt in the fuel system caused an
engine failure at 3000 ft. Crashed 4 miles north of Boscombe Down
nr. Larkhill, en route to A. & A.E.E. on delivery from Dunsfold
Mr. D.M.S. Simpson
TP - HSA Ltd , Dunsfold. ejected at 100 ft and
sustained a broken neck due to being struck on the head by a large fragment of the canopy during
the ejection sequence
 [personal testimony of D. M. S. Simpson]
  Martin-Baker
04 or 11 July 1970
???

RAF
Harrier T2 XW264 A.& A.E.E. technical fault over  Salisbury Plain     Martin-Baker
06 October 1970
RAF
Harrier GR1 XV796 1 Sqn Engine Failure Ouston Co Durham Flight Lieutenant Neill Wharton ejected safely   Martin-Baker
23 April 1971
RAF
Harrier GR1 XV798/T
20 Sqn
RAF Wildenrath Germany
Control lost during vertical approach to landing pad The pilot ejected through trees hovering over dispersal.
 
  Martin-Baker
03 August 1971
RAF
Harrier GR1 XV803 1Sqn
RAF Wittering
Nozzle control problems Captain Louis V DISTELZWiEG Jr. USAF (RAF/USAF Exchange Programme Pilot) killed - ejection seat rocket pack pins had not been removed   Martin-Baker
06 October 1971   Harrier T.2 G-VTOL          
12 January 1972
RAF
Harrier GR1 XW918 3 Sqn RAF Wildenrath demonstrating handling characteristics of the Harrier to a party of Swiss officials. Steep dive Flight Lieutenant Christopher Maunder HUMPHREY ejected

 into the side of a

building and the pilot did not survive

  Martin-Baker
1972 12 Jan. XW918 4 Sqn - Pilot ejected over Tuschenbroich village demonstrating ac to Swiss delegation (killed).
21 March 1972
RAF
Harrier GR1 XV802
20 Sqn
 Flew Into ground Near Hanover Germany  Flight Lieutenant Peter Anthony Donald WILLIAMS killed   Martin-Baker
1972 21 Mar. XV802/XX 20 Sqn - Pilot blacked out in high G turn and flew into ground (killed).
26 April 1972
RAF
Harrier GR1 XV749 1 Sqn birdstrike, crashed near Theddlethorpe     Martin-Baker
1 or 3rd May‑72

??????


RAF
Harrier GR1 XV777 1 Sqn RAF Wittering control lost During transition from hover to
forward flight. Crashed at Wittering, Cabs
 Flg. Off. C. J. E. Adams   Martin-Baker
4th May 1972
RAF Harrier GR.1 XV794
K
4 Sqn RAF Wildenrath Bird strike. Continued to fly for nearly 40 minutes after the pilot had ejected. Crashed at Hutten, West Germany     Martin-Baker
1972 4 May. XV794/K 4 Sqn - Pilot ejected after bird strike and engine wind-down. Jet flew on for 40 min until ran out of fuel and crashed in field (survived).
20 June 1972
RAF
Harrier GR1 A XW920 3 Sqn Decimomannu Sardinia Fuel system failure Flight Lieutenant James Downey ejected
[see also 19 January 1976]
C Martin-Baker
1972 20 Jun. XW920 3 Sqn - Pilot ejected after flame-out (sheared LP governer shaft) during APC in Sardinia (survived).
27 June 1972

RAF
Harrier GR1 A  XV780 4 Sqn RAF Wildenrath bird strike     Martin-Baker
1972 27 Jun XV780/B 4 Sqn - Pilot (Boss) ejected during air test following flame-out due to bird strike (survived).
12 September 1972
RAF
Harrier GR1 XV799 233 OCU Flew into high ground Scotland Group Captain Jeremy Thorndike HALL
(Stn Cdr Wittering)
  Martin-Baker
30 October  1972   P1127
XP972
 
Lost in a crash landing ,  Tangmere.
     
   
21st March 1973
USMC 
Harrier       MAJ R. E. O'Dare   Martin-Baker
 10th April 1973
HSA Ltd
Harrier DB XR276 HSA Ltd , Dunsfold Evaluation flight. Crashed on a farm at cranleigh, near
Dunsfold
Lt. Col. H Stauffer Swiss AF successfully ejected at 300ft at 220 kn with the a/c
attitude 10o nose down and with 10o left bank
  Martin-Baker
28 June 1973
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW919 1 Sqn RAF Lyneham Loss of power.Crashed near RAF Lyneham pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
9th July 1973

RAF
Harrier GR3 XV791/W
20 Sqn
RAF Wildenrath
birdstrike Crashed on take off from Wildenrath, West Germany Squadron Leader Peter G. Sturt
[Sturf? confirm]
  Martin-Baker
1973 9 Jul. XV791/W 20 Sqn - Pilot ejected during take-off at Wildenrath due to flame-out after bird strike (survived).
30th July 1973

RAF
Harrier GR1 A XV805/Z  
20 Sqn
severe birdstrike damage, Crashed at Coesfeld  West Germany Major J Gibson (USMC) ejected   Martin-Baker
1973 30 Jul. XV805/Z 20 Sqn - USMC pilot (operating from field site) ejected after a flame-out due to bird strike (survived).
6 September 1973
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV750/X
20 Sqn
RAF Wildenrath
Engine failure over Roermond,
Netherlands, near Wildenrath, West Germany
Squadron Leader Edmondston ejected   Martin-Baker
1973 6 Sep. XV750/X 20 Sqn - Pilot ejected near Roermond following engine mechanical fault (survived)
24 September 1973
RAF
Harrier GR1 A XV739/V 1 Sqn Cyprus Control was lost near Kings Field at Episkopi, Cyprus Flight Lieutenant Geoff Hulley ejected photos ??? Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I witnessed this crash during a CENTO Weapons Demo in Cyprus. The pilot broke his leg on ejection and was lying incapacitated in the burning wreckage as a result, on the sports field at RAF Episkopi. A PTI (Physical Training Instructor) saw his predicament and rushed into the wreckage, receiving a medal for his bravery.
I clearly remember them trying to reconstruct the circumstances of his injurious ejection using a crane at RAF Akrotiri, trying to work out how it happened (if only I'd taken pictures....)
I believe the engine failure, more correctly loss of thrust, was due to a water pump failure of the water injection system, a 50 gallon tank aft of the engine compartment that was always used during hover activities, especially in the 30 degree heat of Cyprus.

23 January 1974
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV797 4 Sqn Vreedepeel Holland  Flight Lieutenant Gorden REVELL ejected but parachute rigging lines damaged by koch fasteners, the parachute failed to deploy correctly   Martin-Baker
1974 23 Jan. XV797/H 4 Sqn - Pilot ejected over Holand after flap failure, but chute fouled by shoulder harness that unfastened during ejection (killed).
FEEDBACK

Some information on one of your Harrier ejections from a 4 Sqn cab.  I was
at Wildenrath at the time and was actually on the crash guard for the crash
at Vredepeel.  I have added all of the information that I can recall and I
hope this is of some use to you.  The bulk of the wreckage was in a single
field and less than 50 meters from a dwelling.


24 Jan 1974, Harrier GR3 XV797/H, 4 Sqn Crashed at Vredepeel, Netherlands
after fuel pump failure pilot ejected but was killed when his parachute
harness failed.

The parachute harness failure was a problem with the Koch fastener that
connected the seta harness to the pilots survival vest.  Following
investigation it was discovered that in some conditions the movement of the
pilots body during ejection could unlock the fastener.

There was a hasty modification to introduce a more positive lock to the
fastener.  Up until this time ground crew strapping in a pilot did a simple
rattle and tug check to ensure both of the fasteners were secure.

As an aside I believe the pilot was Flt Lt Revell, and he was in a two ship
sortie at the time wit a Flt Lt Blotsam (I think the spelling is correct)
also of 4 Sqn.

The pilot of the second ship was killed later in a failed ejection at RAF
Wildenrath when he ejected after the aircraft reared as he used the nozzles
to brake a landing.  The pilot ejected but due to the high nose up attitude
of the aircraft the seat went into the runway at Wildenrath.  I am unsure of
the date and the aircraft serial but it was just after Easter 2004.

The cause of the Harrier rearing up was the front reaction nozzle being
partly open and the blast from the nozzle threw the harrier nose up.

in email 29th October 2007

 
26 March 1974
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV785 4 Sqn RAF Wildenrath   Flight Lieutenant Andrew Roby BLOXHAM pilot ejected but was outside the seat limits killed when he struck the ground   Martin-Baker
1974 26 Mar. XV785/F 4 Sqn - Pilot ejected on runway during landing as reverse braking operation caused aircraft to pitch up (killed).
                 
1974 16 May. XV800/G 4 Sqn - Lost power on take off due to bird strike and crashed from 50'. Unconfirmed whether pilot ejected or stayed with jet (survived).
11 October 1974
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV758 3 Sqn RAF WBdenrath

Loss of power on take off

 

    Martin-Baker
16 December 1974
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV779 3 Sqn RAF Wildenrath Hydraulic failure caused belly landing     Martin-Baker
9 April 1975
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV776 1 Sqn RAF Wittering engine flamed out Flight Lieutenant J Buckler ejected safely check name Martin-Baker
16 May 1975
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV800 4 Sqn RAF WBdenrath birdstrike     Martin-Baker
31st October 1975   Prototype of Kestrel XP984          
1 December 1975
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV788 1 Sqn Belize Engine problems     Martin-Baker
19 January 1976
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV745 1 Sqn Mid air collision with XV754 Near Crewe Cheshire no ejection
Flight Lieutenant James Edward DOWNEY
[see also 20 June 1972]
  Martin-Baker
19 January 1976
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV754 1 Sqn Mid air collision with XV745 Near Crewe Flight Lieutenant John Keith ROBERTS   Martin-Baker
12 March 1976
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV746 233 OCU Flew into mountain. Norway. Probable  'white out' Flight Lieutenant Stephen David WAKELY
ejected outside of seat envelope
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

 

Attached is a photo I took myself of Flt Lt Steve Wakely when he was on 4 Sqn. He was unfortunately killed when he ejected from Harrier XV746/08 in Norway on 12/3/76. Although a 1 Sqn exercise (Atlas Express), I think he was actually an 233 OCU pilot attached to the Sqn. He was flying a low-level sortie in snow covered terrain and it was concluded an 'in-cockpit' task distracted him. Realising he was too close to rising ground, he ejected, but struck the ground before the seat/parachute sequence was completed. 

Regards

Pete Mears
in email 19th April 2008

6 July 1976
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW770 3 Sqn Borken Germany engine failure     Martin-Baker
15 December 1978
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV801 3 Sqn Eniegedoch Germany loss of control     Martin-Baker
12 June 1979
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV781 3 Sqn RAF Gutersloh fire warning coming into hover Flight Lieutenant T R Watts   Martin-Baker
18 July 1979
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ137  4 Sqn Wissmar Germany Crashed into houses Captain Thomas PASQUALE US Marine Corps   Martin-Baker
21st September 1979
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV757 1 Sqn Wisbech Mid air collision   Cambridgeshire with XZ128 Wing Commander R B (Dickie) Duckett ejected
also ejected from a Red Arrows Gnat on
16th December 1969
Martin-Baker
                 
21 September 1979
RAF
 Harrier GR3 XZ128 1 Sqn Wisbech Mid air collision With XV757
(3 civilians killed on the ground)
Flight Lieutenant Chris J Gowers ejected   Martin-Baker
4 October 1979
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW766 3 Sqn Ravensberg Germany loss of power Flight Lieutenant C C N Burwell   Martin-Baker
08 November 1979
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV756 1 Sqn Crashed after ricochet from own cannon Holbeach Range Flight Lieutenant Boyens
[New Zealand]
ejected successfully
  Martin-Baker
  8 Nov 79 - Ross Boyens was a Kiwi with 1 Sqn, later joining the Red Arrows, as did many ex-Harrier pilots. Dickie Duckett did it the other way round!
12 March 1980
RAF
 Harrier GR3 XW765 3 Sqn birdstrike Lampeter North Wales Flight Lieutenant Paul Barton ejected   Martin-Baker
14 October 1980
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV792 3 Sqn RAF Gutersloh Uncontrolled roll developed when coming into a hover approach     Martin-Baker
28 October 1980
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV761 4 Sqn Near Bitburg Germany     Martin-Baker
26 May 1981
RAF
Harrier GR3A XW923 1417 Flt    Belize Loss of control during short take off Flight Lieutenant Jack Mardon ejected   Martin-Baker
14 July 1981
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV807 1417F1t     Georgeville Belize Tailplane linkage disconnected and control lost     Martin-Baker
25 August 1981
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ139 3 Sqn Near Alhorn Germany Tail plane linkage failed Flight Lieutenant Mike D Beech ejected   Martin-Baker
12 February 1982
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ973  233 OCU Flew into high ground Berwy Hill North wales no ejection
Lieutenant John MACBETH US Navy pilot killed
  Martin-Baker
21 May 1982
morning

RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ972/33 1 Sqn
HMS Hermes
Shot down during air operations against Argentinians, Hit by a Blowpipe SAM over Port Howard, West Falklands
while on reconnaissance mission from carrier
Flt. Lt. Jeff Glover ejected, was rescued from the water by Argentinian troops and was taken prisoner. Later
released.
Martin-Baker
27 May1982
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ988/34 1 Sqn Shot down by enemy AA. Hit by small arms fire while on a bombing run over Goose
Green, Falklands
Sqn. Ldr. R. D. Iveson ejected and was rescued   Martin-Baker
30 May 1982
 

RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ963/14 1 Sqn
HMS
Hermes
Fuel exhaustion after the tanks were hit by small arms fire
over Port Stanley, Falklands. Crashed into the sea 30 miles from carrier
Sqn. Ldr. Jerry J. Pook ejected

 spent some

 uncomfortable hours in his life raft

 

Martin-Baker
8 June 1982
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ989 1 Sqn Emergency landing following power loss Port San Carlos Wg Cdr Pete Squire
[needs confirmation].
[see also 6th November 1982]
  Martin-Baker
8 June 1982
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV744  233 OCU RAF Wittering loss of power     Martin-Baker
29 June 1982
RAF
Harrier T4A XW272 4 Sqn Failed to take off  Hohne Range Germany Wing Commander Keith Graham HOLLAND AFC   Martin-Baker
6 November 1982
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW767 1 Sqn Crashed into sea following engine failure  off RAF Stanley Wing Commander Peter Squire DFC AFC
ejected
[see also 8th June 1982]
  Martin-Baker
23 February 1983
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV795  233 OCU Mid air collision with XW926 Near Peterborough Flt Lt Dave Oakley
ejected successfully
  Martin-Baker
23 February 1983
RAF
Harrier T4 XW926 233 OCU Mid air collision with XV795 Near Peterborough no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant John Roger LEEMING
   
no ejection
Instructor Flying Officer David John HAIGH Student Pilot
   
22 March 1983
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV787 1453 Flt Engine failure Near RAF Stanley Falklands     Martin-Baker
3 May 1983
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ134 3 Sqn engine failure whilst taking off Lippstadt Germany Flight Lieutenant S K Brown survived   Martin-Baker
28 October 1983
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV742 233 OCU possibly struck by a ricochet during a practice attack on the  Holbeach Range no ejection
Flying Officer John Richard SEWELL
  Martin-Baker
19 November 1983
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV762 1453 Flt Flew into high ground  Near Goose Green East Falkland no ejection
Flight Lieutenant Byron Stewart CLEW
  Martin-Baker
3rd June 1984
RAF
 Harrier GR3 XZ135 4 Sqn engine fire and emergency landing during air display  Aschaffenburg Germany. There was one male civilian fatality when he was struck
by the seat after separation.
 
Flt Lt Nick Gilchrist
ejected
"Nick landed uninjured on the beer tent...top landing"
  Martin-Baker
29 November 1984
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ992 1453 Flt  RAF Stanley East Falkland Large sea bird strike, probably a Southern Giant Petrel. while  practising an attack on Port Stanley airport  Flt Lt Ian Wilkes
of 1(F)Sqn. ejected at very low level insufficient time for the parachute to slow the pilot down and he suffered serious injuries  He was saved from drowning by two airmen who were working nearby and came to his aid in a Gemini dinghy
  Martin-Baker
18 February 1985
RAF
Harrier T4 XW933 3 Sqn Near RAF Gutersloh mid air collision with German Navy F104S     Martin-Baker
Flying Officer K B McCann ejected safely Squadron Leader Albert Bruce COGRAM believed killed on impact  
   Apparently, the closing angles of the 2 aircraft were such that the pilots didn't see it coming until it was too late. Bruce was in the rear cockpit, sitting higher, the young F/O in the front was able to eject successfully.
19 November 1985
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW922 1 Sqn RAF Wittering Rolled over on landing     Martin-Baker
2 April 1986
RAF
Harrier GR3A XV784  2330CU      RAF Wittering  severely damaged in flight line fire     Martin-Baker
17 June 1986
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW916 233 OCU fuel leak and electrical failure whilst approaching RNAS Yeovilton Flight Lieutenant Gerry Humphries ejected
[personal testimony]
  Martin-Baker
28 June 1986
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW769 4 Sqn Loss of control in hover at an air display  Chievres Belgium Flight Lieutenant Brian Desmond WEATHERLEY fatally injured in ejection   Martin-Baker
2 November 1987
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV790 3 Sqn Mid air collision during low level practice attack.  Otterburn Training Area Lieutenant John CARVER
US Navy killed
  Martin-Baker
2 November 1987
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ136  3 Sqn Mid air collision with XV790 during low level practice attack.  Otterburn Training Area Flight Lieutenant David Robin SUNDERLAND killed   Martin-Baker
11 November 1987
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV747 233 OCU     RAF Wittering  cause ???     Martin-Baker
20 May 1988
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV809  3 Sqn RAF Gutersloh Crashed after take off Flight Lieutenant Paul ADAMS   Martin-Baker
18 August 1988
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW921 3 Sqn RAF Gutersloh Abandoned on approach     Martin-Baker
28 March 1989
RAF
 Harrier GR3A  XZ999 4 Sqn RAF Bruggen nose wheel failed during a rollerlanding     Martin-Baker
20 June 1989
RAF
Harrier T4A XW925 4 Sqn RAF Gutersloh Crashed on approach to land Squadron Leader Paul Dennis STONE
[
Sqn Ldr Pete Stone]
confirm actual name ??? Martin-Baker
29th July 1989
RAF
GR.Mk.5     fault with the electrical system internal fire in the rear fuselage, landed safely Wittering      
17 October 1990
RAF
Harrier GR5 ZD355 1 Sqn taking part in a Danish Air Force air defence exercise - engine failure 23500 feet. Crashed 32m N Karup Denmark  Sqn. Ldr.
Ashley D. Stevenson
ejected about 3000 feet
Martin-Baker
29 May 1991
RAF
Harrier GR7 ZG473/CA 4 Sqn Electrical problems caused power failure. Crashed 6m S RAF Gutersloh Flt. Lt. S. Bell ejected about 2000 feet   Martin-Baker
25th September 1991
RAF
Harrier T4A XZ147/S 233 OCU Pilot hit in face by a bird and was stunned
Cadet
Kate Saunders
suffered serious burns after landing amongst blazing wreckage
[personal testimony]

Sqn. Ldr.
Ashley D. Stevenson

[see also 17th October 1990]

Martin-Baker

RAF Harrier T4A XZ147/S of 233 OCU. A female cadet was seriously injured after ejecting from a Royal Air Force. Harrier T.4 near Driffield, northern England. Cadet Kate Saunders, 22, suffered a broken leg, broken pelvis, crushed vertebrae, and 20% burns when her parachute descended into the fireball of the crashed Harrier. The pilot was uninjured and pulled student from fire. Saunders is the first female to eject from an RAF aircraft. Stevenson received both a commendation and the Royal Humane Society medal

 
30th September 1991
RAF
Harrier GR.5 ZD412/AH 3 Sqn
RAF Gutersloh
During a
conventional take off from Gutersloh, Germany. The pilot mistakenly believed the aircraft was not becoming airborne. Leaving the runway it went through the barrier and perimeter fence into the River Ems.
 Flt. Lt. M. Zanker ejected   Martin-Baker
7 February 1992
RAF
Harrier T4 XW929 RAF Gutersloh heavy damage whilst landing     Martin-Baker
14 May 1992
RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ990 233 OCU     RAF Wittering Engine failure     Martin-Baker
8‑Aug-92
RAF
Harrier GR5 ZD350 1Sqn  RAF Wittering serious mechanical failure Flt. Lt. Chris
Huckstep
ejected at about 25 feet
  Martin-Baker
28 June 1993
RAF
Harrier GR7 ZD430 3 Sqn En‑route from RAF Leeming to Germany. Possible birdstrike caused massive fuel leak which ignited on contact with the jet efflux nozzles. Crashed  Heckington Lincolnshire pilot ejected at about 3000 feet and 220 knots   Martin-Baker
23 November 1993
RAF
Harrier GR7 ZD432 Took off from Incirlik Possible engine surge due tofuel control system. Over Northern Iraq during Operation Warden pilot was forced to eject   Martin-Baker
14 January 1994
RAF
 Harrier GR7 ZD349 233 OCU   Flew into the ground  5m South‑east Evesham Worcester no ejection
Captain B K HEARNEY United States Marine Corps
  Martin-Baker
1st June 1995
RAF
Harrier GR7 ZG475 RAF Boscombe Down Flown into Solway Firth during trials flight after the pilot chose not to eject in order to prevent crashing into populated area after engine failure Wing Commander Nicholas John "Nicky" Slater killed   Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

".   .   . Wing Commander Nick Slater and was killed in a Harrier crash on 1st June 1995.  You seem to have a yellow box with Solway Firth written as the place that he was based. I thought you might like to know that this is incorrect.  He was based and RAF Boscombe Down and this is where his last flight took off from.  He was Commanding Officer of the test flight squadron as far as I can remember - I was just 9 when he died.  The engine failed and he crashed into the sea without ejection.  My grandmother was told that if he had ejected then there was a good chance that the plane would have crashed into a nearby static caravan site on the Scottish coast and so the RAF believe that he made a choice to stay with the plane and not that the ejection failed.  He is now buried in Cockfield Churchyard in Suffolk."

I hope this helps with your research.  
Best Wishes,

Lissie Fuller
in email 6th April 2010
entry amended 6th April 2010

 

26th July 1995
RAF
T.Mk.10 ZH655     very hard landing at Wittering no ejections, 2 safe    
  instructor pilot (back-seater) Flt. Lt. J.
Herod
.
 
19 February 1996
RAF
Harrier GR7 ZG476 1 Sqn RAF Wittering returning from Cyprus abandoned on approach to RAF Wittering     Martin-Baker
9th January 1997
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZD377   w/o Laarbruch  jet-flap impingement pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
19th May 1997
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZD400   w/o Wittering, mis-handled mini-circuit  pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
3rd June 1997
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZG861     w/o nr Dumfries, engine failure pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
31st October 1997
RAF
GR.Mk.7  ZD324   w/o Wittering, high JPT indication in circuit  pilot
ejected.
  Martin-Baker
25th November 1997
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZD462   ditched nr HMS Invincible, off Sardinia. Aircraft recovered       
7th July 1998
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZG533     w/o Laarbruch, ingested buzzard on final, pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
18th December 1998
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZD434   w/o Barnard Castle, Co. Durham  Grp Cpt David
Haward
killed
   
29th January 1999
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZG856 Rollins Air Force Base, Nevada w/o Nevada, flew into ground during Red Flag exercise 8.6 miles NNW of Rachel pilot
ejected and survived with numerous broken bones.
  Martin-Baker
4th February 1999
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZD326   w/o Laarbruch, Germany loss of control at 3000ft during airtest  pilot
ejected.
  Martin-Baker
29 May 1999   Harrier GR7 3 Sqn RAF Gutersloh, Germany, total electrical failure pilot
ejected.
DETAILS
is date correct
 
9th July 1999
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZD345   w/o Spalding south of Boston, engine failure  pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
14th July 1999
RAF
GR.Mk.7 ZG532   Crashed nr Coldstream, extreme manoeuvre to avoid Tucano pilot
ejected.
  Martin-Baker
16th July 1999
RAF
GR.Mk.7     near RAF Gutersloh, Germany. Total electrical failure and electrical system fire   DETAILS
is date correct
 
28th August 2000
RAF
T.Mk.10 ZH654 DERA (Defence, Evaluation, and Research Agency)   w/o Boscombe Down, engine ran down in approach to hover, Wiltshire     Martin-Baker
pilot ejected 50ft from the ground  sustained back injuries navigator ejected 50ft from the ground  sustained back injuries Martin-Baker
2nd August 2002
RAF
Harrier GR.Mk.7

ZD464

Suffolk air show - on the seafront at Lowestoft the aircraft seemed to lose power and plunged 60 feet into the water

Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival


Flight Lieutenant Tony Cann ejected to safety and suffered a broken ankle
Martin-Baker
16th April 2003
RAF
T.Mk.10 ZH658     very hard landing at Wittering after engine failure no
ejections?
   
     
                 
Thursday 13th July 2006
16:28h

RAF

                                                                                           moduk

A GR9 similar to this was lost today
Crashed near Sturdy's Castle Pub in Tackley near Kidlington, a few miles RAF base Brize Norton while en route to RIAT Flight Lieutenant Chris Pearson ejected and was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital en-route to FFD. Martin-Baker
Harrier GR. Mk.9
ZG512
1(F)
Squadron

RAF Cottesmore
  FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED  
Monday 16th June 2008
13:45

RAF
Harrier GR7A ZD406
"37A"

RAF Cottesmore
RAF Cottesmore
crashed near the village of Ashwell pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
Monday 9th February 2009
RAF
Harrier  
20 Sqn
Went down during  training exercise at RAF Akrotiri, near Limasol, Cyprus     Martin-Baker
ejected ejected Martin-Baker
   

Thanks to

Keith Bollands
Rod Webb
Jules Mitchell

   


 

   

 

 

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