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crashed crew seat photo
18th July 1953
RAF
Sabre F4 XB882 147 Sqn crashed four miles north of the Broughty Ferry, Angus P Off Butrym intended to jettison the canopy to clear the smoke but pulled the ejection handle as well - fatal   NAA
17th September 1953
RAF
Sabre F4 XB683/W 67 Sqn. 2 T.A.F. crashed six miles from Liege, Belgium. Flt Lt Wilson lost control of aircraft and ejected   NAA
6th November 1953
RAF
Sabre F4 XB730/Y 67 Sqn. 2 T.A.F. collision with Sabre F4 XB690/Z near Munchen Gladbach P Off Craig ejected but he was killed   NAA
6th November 1953
RAF
Sabre F4 XB690/Z 67 Sqn. 2 T.A.F. collision with Sabre F4 XB730/Y near Munchen Gladbach pilot ejected AT 15,000FT, 350KT.   NAA
16th June 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XB884 112 Sqn Suffered an electrical failure shortly after take-off from Bruggen,
West Germany. While making an emergency landing back at the base the flight control system went
u/s and put the aircraft into a steep climb
Flg. Off. Roger Mansfield ejected NAA
16th June 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD711 66 Sqn collision with XD716 and
crashed near Hornsea, Yorkshire
Flg. Off. J. Sweet    
16th June 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD716 66 Sqn collision with XD711 and
crashed 4 miles WNW of  Hornsea, Yorkshire
Flg. Off. J. Rumbleow    
22nd July 1954
RAF
Sabre F.4  XD707 66 Sqn
RAF Linton on Ouse
Taking part in Exercise Dividend. Entered thick cloud and crashed into Kinder Scout Derbyshire Flying Officer James Desmond Horne killed
no ejection
   
22nd July 1954
RAF
Sabre F.4 XD730   Taking part in Exercise Dividend. Entered thick cloud and crashed into Kinder Scout Derbyshire Flight Lieutenant Alan Green killed
no ejection
   
22nd July 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD758 66 Sqn Fire warning lights indicated fire in both forward and aft compartments. Crashed North east of Helmsley Yorkshire  Flg. Off. Glyn M. Owen ejected at 10,000ft

[see also 29th November 1954 (ej), &  28th August 1964 (ej+)]

  NAA
23rd July 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XB865
26 Sqn
2 T.A.F
During a tail chase the pilot overstressed the airframe, engine flamed out and then caught fire a/c
exploded and crashed four miles from Hede, West Germany
Flg. Off. George Stewart (23)
ejected but did not undo the seat straps before
pulling the ripcord for his parachute and was killed
NAA
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This refers to my uncle – Flying Officer GEORGE Stewart. Although he was killed (at the age of 23) long before I was born, my family were very proud of his achievements. He joined the RAF at the age of 16 & had experienced much in his very short life.  My grandparents learned of his death over the radio, on a Reuters broadcast.

Roberta McClelland (nee Stewart)
If anyone knew Flg Off Stewart or can add any extra information to the accident please contact Roberta via this web site

5th August 1954
RAF
Sabre F4   20Sqn   Keith Fitchew
egressed on ground
no ejection
   
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"On 5th August 1954 on 20Sqn, I landed an F86 went into the rough after hitting a tree on finals. Shortly afterwards, Fg Officer Harry Capewell stalled en the approach and his aircraft was wrecked as described. He suffered a broken collar bone and returned to flying duties. See picture of my aircraft." This story is also on my web site.

Keith Fitchew
in email 9th August 2008

5th August 1954
RAF
Sabre XB638 20 Sqn carrying out a roller landing in the dark, hit tress, struck the ground throwing the
pilot clear still strapped in his seat at Oldenberg, West
Germany
Flg Officer Harry Capewell
injured

[ Pilot killed see FEEDBACK above that now shows pilot was not killed]

   
27th August 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD776 66 Sqn Fire in the port ammunition bay due to heat control failure. a/c crashed twelve miles southwest of North Luffenham, Rutland Jed
Gray ejected
[personal testimony of Jed Gray]

 

   
19th October 1954
19:40

RAF
Sabre F4 XB988 130 Sqn
RAF Brüggen, Germany
Caught fire during night navigation exercise and crashed out of control seven miles NE of Kassel, West Germany Flying Officer Christopher John William Woodruff
aged 24
did not eject and was killed
  NAA
   
26th October 1954
RAF
Sabre XB729 71 Sqn. 2. T.A.F pilot of XB729 carried out an
unauthorised attack on XB628 but collided with it. Crashed ten miles from Kronfeld, West
Germany
Flg. Off. A. J. Chalkley was  thrown from his aircraft and after releasing himself from his
seat, made a normal parachute descent.
  NAA
26th October 1954
RAF
Sabre  XB628/V 71 Sqn. 2. T.A.F In collision with XB729 Crashed ten miles from Kronfeld, West
Germany
Flg. Off. Jones was  thrown from his aircraft and after releasing himself from his
seat, made a normal parachute descent.
  NAA
29th October 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XB860/B 234 Sqn. 2 T.A.F Exploded over Wintraal, Netherlands Flg. Off. Underdown was thrown out of the aircraft still in his ejection seat. He landed in an apple tree, still attached to the seat. Suffered serious injuries   NAA
29th November 1954


RAF

Sabre F4 XB772/H or XD772 66 Sqn. Engine failure. Crashed 5 miles east of Kelstern Flg. Off. Glyn M. Owen ejected

[see also 22nd July 1954 (ej), & 28th August 1964 (ej+)]

  NAA
10th February 1955
RAF
Sabre F4 XB839/X 26 Sqn Dived into the ground from low level eight miles from
Oldenberg, West Germany after take off
Flg. Off. F. H. Rickwood pilot ejected but was dragged back along the aircraft,
struck the tail and was killed
NAA
16th June 1955
RAF
Sabre F.4 XD712
S
66 Sqn
Linton-on-Ouze
Aircraft suffered structural failure during the recovery from a dive and broke up over the Humber Estuary near Scunthorpe Flying Officer Lawrence Michael Percival Harryman
aged 23
was killed
Whether he ejected is not clear
NAA
 

16‑Jun‑55 XD712 Sabre F4      66 Sqn      Near Scunthorpe   1

The aircraft suffered structural failure during the recovery from a dive and it broke up.

      Flying Officer Lawrence Michael Percival HARRYMAN 23

 

 
Hi mbenshar, I recently found your information about Sabre crashes on the internet and offer the attachments to update the information on Sabre XD712 of 66 Sqn based at Linton-on-Ouze. My brother was killed when the sabre he was flying broke up in the air. I understand there was a problem with the wings breaking away from the fuselage on sabres and as I was unable to gain access to the AAR, I assume that is what happened to my brother. The written attachment is from a book by Robert Jackson and is inaccurate in that the aircraft crashed near Brigg in Lincolnshire and my brother was found still in his ejection seat in a field. Hope you find this information useful. Martin Harryman

 

 
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Acknowledgements

 

Duncan Curtis

Roger Mansfield

Larry Milberry

David Rickwood

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