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TE580


 Prototype Hastings


 


TE583


Second prototype which first flew on 30th December 1946, this Hastings was fitted with two outer Sapphire jet turbine engines for the new HP Victor engine testbed and must have been a sight to see! She was also used in early trials of glider towing especially the Hamilcar see http://www.rblharwell.freeserve.co.uk/GliderPilots/hamilcar.htm


 


TG499


 This was the first production Hastings aircraft and made its maiden flight on 25th April 1947, it had an underslung belly Paratechnicon, this became detached from the aircraft on 26th September 1949 hitting the tailplane resulting in the aircraft crashing at Beacon Hill, Wiltshire. There were no survivors.


 


The following are all C.1 or C.1A mark aircraft


 


TG500


Struck off charge (SOC) 1973


 


 


TG501


SOC 1966


 


TG502


 


Spent much of its life at the A&AEE Boscombe Down, Wiltshire on various trials


SOC 1966


 


TG503


This is only one of four complete (accessible) aircraft surviving today at a museum in Alliierton, Germany in recognition of its stalwart service during operation Plainfare during the Berlin Airlift. She finished her RAF service career as a Mark T5 with Strike Command Bombing School (aka 1066 Squadron) at RAF Lindholme where she was flown to RAF Gatow, Germany by Squadron Leader Jackson.


 


Photos of 503 ‘airborne’ underslung a MIL MI-26 in Sep 1997


 


TG504


Converted to a Meteoroligical Flight (Met 1) with 202 Squadron RAF Aldergrove, these MET aircraft were painted all over grey but I do recall some in the early days painted in a sky blue colour, perhaps this was an experimental colour scheme.


 


TG505


TG505 was flown to RAF St Athan in 1977 another Mark T5 used by SCBS, this airframe was transported by road and used by the Special Air Services (SAS) and specialist police units at Hereford ostensibly to free victims from hijacked aircraft.


 


TG506


Selected for cold weather trials, and was also seconded to the Parachute Testing Unit. (PTU)


Converted to Met 1 aircraft and SOC 1966


 


TG507


I think this one was used by 51 Squadron at some stage where it supported the two Comets and Two Canberras on RADAR jamming missions operating often from Middle East bases rather than from RAF Wyton.


 


Was on FECs Changi early 1960’s


 


SOC 1969


 


TG508


 


 


Based at RAF Dishforth 1954/5 she "belly flopped" at then RAF Middleton St George, now Teeside Airport.(recalled are the appalling weather conditions of that period of winter).


TG508, was regarded as a jinx kite since the sum of her digits made the un-enviable total of Thirteen.


Part of the team who re-established her airworthiness and flew with her back to Dishforth to prove good faith and confidence, I would be interested in news of her "finals" since I have rumour she was later written off after another prang. Source Ron Gibson


TG508 then crashed on landing and caught fire at Thorney Island. 07/03/1962 and was written off


Photo on fire at http://image01.webshots.com/1/8/86/77/35988677gtpRFg_ph.jpg


 


 


TG509


SOC 1967


 


TG510


 


Used as a firedump aircraft at Cambridge Airport


 


SOC 1966


19/05/49 TG510 did a ’wheels-up’ landing during the Berlin airlift and was repaired


 


 


TG511


Flown to the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford on 16th August 1977 by the Squadron Commander of ‘1066 Squadron’ Squadron Leader ‘Jacko’ Jackson AFC MBE. This Hastings is only one of four complete airframes in existence of this breed. Now one of four preserved Hastings, this example at The RAF Museum Cosford is the only one remaining undercover and is therefore in prime condition. Shown as a Mark T5 BCBS


 


 


TG512


SOC 1959


 


TG513


SOC 1967


 


TG514


Met 1 type SOC 1967


 


TG515


SOC 1959


 


TG516


 


Scrapped at RAF Shawbury


SOC 1972


 


TG517


Once on the inventory of 202 Squadron


Another T5 ex SCBS now well preserved at The Newark Aviation Museum, Notts and the first T5 to be converted to BCBS status. Flown to the Newark Air Museum at Winthorpe on 22nd June 1977 by Squadron Leader Jackson.


 


 


TG518


Ex T5 SOC 1969


 


 


TG519


 


 


Undershot the runway on final approach to RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire on 2nd October 1948 where the undercarriage was torn off on a practice 3 engine landing, this was the first accident to occur to a production Hastings


SOC 1967


 


TG521


Ex T5 SCBS SOC 1971


 


TG522


 



It is worth noting that TG522 crashed twice on 04/04/1949 at Tegel airport during the Berlin airlift and again tragically, at Khartoum on 29/05/1959 where # 1 & 2 engines cut on take-off,  5 crew members from 36 Squadron died as a result of this crash, but the Air Quarter Master and 25 passengers survived


 


 


 


TG523


SOC 1967


 


 


TG524


 


Scrapped at RAF Shawbury


 


SOC 1971


TG525


SOC 1967


 


TG526


SOC 1967


 


TG527


Mark C1.A


Ex T5 SCBS SOC 1968


 


TG528


 


One of 4 preserved Hastings, this example is to be featured in the new Super Hangar at the IWM Duxford, unfortunately it has deteriorated considerably whilst being outside in all weathers


 


 


TG529


SOC 1969


 


TG530


Crashlanded having suffered tail wheel problems, a rigger informs me that for some while until modifications could be carried out the tailwheel was fixed in the down position, 530 was repaired


SOC 1967


 


TG531


SOC 1966


 


TG532


 


Scrapped at RAF Lindholme


SOC 1966


 


TG533


Once T call sign


This Hastings was sent to RAF Shaibah in Iraq for Hamilcar glider towing trials, I spent a couple of hours at nearby Basrah in 1958, that was enough for me!


SOC 1967


 


 


TG534


 


Aircraft caught fire on engine start up on the ground at Schleswigland, the fire spread and the aircraft was burnt out on 6th April 1949 during the Berlin Airlift on forward detachment from RAF Dishforth


 


 


TG535


SOC 1968


Used as Fire Dump Hastings RAF Odiham


 


 


TG536


 


Landing accident at RAF Luqa, Malta on 3rd December 1951, aircraft repaired.


 


Had the call sign GPJ whilst on 48 Squadron at RAF Changi 1960


 


Ex T5 SCBS SOC 1976


 


 


TG537


SOC 1966


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


TG551


 


At one time with 99 Squadron and sported GAN as its call sign


SOC 1967


 


TG552


 


 


Crashed and caught fire at RAF Negombo on 12.04.1951


 


 


TG553


 


Scrapped at RAF Shawbury


Ex T5 SCBS SOC 1967


 


TG554


SOC 1959


 


TG555


SOC 1960


 


TG556


SOC 1967


 


TG557


SOC 1968


 


TG558


SOC 1959


 


TG559


 


Crashed at RAF Abingdon 09.10.1953 visibility and poor weather to blame. 24 Squadron


 


 


TG560


 


IRIS II & III Hastings Photo


 


" This shiny Hastings carried the RAF Watton-based IRIS (Inspectorate of Radio Services) team. IRIS made an annual inspection of all RAF flying units overseas to check whether signals standards and Air Traffic Control procedures were up to standard." (Tony Hawes)


 


TG560 IRIS II


WJ338 IRIS III


 



I worked on WJ338 IRIS III on several occasions overseas when calibrating Instrument/Communications systems on airfields sometimes unannounced, perhaps this was intended to ensure everyone was on their toes in previous calibrations. I also recall seeing a Varsity doing the same job at Wattisham for several days in 1968, flying in from different directions.


The IRIS III Hastybird operated from RAF Lindholme, Yorkshire from 1960-72 under Bomber Command, later to become Strike Command' these were operated by 230 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) but the unit was more affectionately known as '1066 Squadron' by those that flew/worked on them.

From 1972 the unit operated from Scampton, these with the Radomes fitted were Mk T5 converted from Type C-1, I flew from Wattisham to Binbrook in Nov 1968 in TG536 and returned to Wattisham from Coningsby in TG505 after a Lightning Taceval exercise.


 


SOC 1958


 


 


TG561


SOC 1967


 


 


TG562


Crashed on Take-off at RAF Topcliffe on 14.03.1952


14/03/52 TG562 RAF Topcliffe 242 OCU destroyed on take-off No record card exists


 


 


TG563


 


 


 


SOC 1967


 


TG564


 


See photo of TG564 on fire at http://image10.webshots.com/11/2/0/88/178720088OrAGUI_ph.jpg


Crashed on landing and caught fire at RAF Kai Tak27/07/1953 this aircraft was on the strength of 53 Squadron at the time of the crash when it hit a hut, sadly one person on the ground was killed in this incident.


 


 


TG565


Ex Met.1 SOC 1966


 


 


TG566


 


Used as a firedump aircraft at RAF Cosford


Ex Met.1 Crashed on take-of at RAF Aldegrove 19.09.1962


 


TG567


 


Once with 202 Squadron


 


SOC 1966


 


TG568


Ex T5 BCBS Fire Dump at RAE Bedford


SOC 1974


 


TG569


 


SOC 1966


 


TG570


 


SOC 1967


 


TG571


 


FireDump RAF Benson


 


SOC 1967


 


TG572


 


Once on the strength of 202 Squadron RAF Aldergrove, this aircraft was flown to RAF Shawbury, Shropshire and used as a firedump Hastings as late as 1968 but was actually struck off charge in 1966.


 


TG573


SOC 1959


 


TG574


Crashed at Benina, Libya 20.12.1950


20/12/50 TG574 Benina Libya 53 Sqn Propeller flew off 5 killed/27 passengers and AQM survived


 


TG575


 


Undercarriage collapsed on landing


Crashed at El Adem whilst landing See story Jonah  aircraft?


Alternative reading at http://www.air-despatch.co.uk/open/hastings575/575.htm


 


TG576


 


Photo at http://image01.webshots.com/1/5/88/11/39458811wPEZCq_ph.jpg


SOC 1967


Fire Dump at Gutersloh


 


 


TG577


Photo at http://www.abingdonfayre.com/RAF/HastingsC1TG57736SqnAbingdon.JPG 


36 Squadron


Crashed at Lt Balden  06.07.1965


 


For details of crew and parachutists please see http://www.palacebarracksmemorialgarden.org/R.A.%20F.%20Flying%20Accident.htm


 


TG578


SOC 1959


 


TG579


 


Crashed (or landed) in the sea 1.5nm from RAF Gan 01.03.1960


See story at http://splashdown2.handleypagehastings/


 


TG580


 


Groundlooped on landing at RAF Gan on 03.07.1959


 


Aircraft stripped of all serviceable parts and then dumped at sea


 


 


TG581


 


Srapped atTG581 Stansted


SOC 1967


 


TG582


SOC 1965


 


TG583


Crashed on landing approach RAF Dishforth 31st July 1950 belonged to 241 OCU and caught fire and destroyed.


 


TG584


 


13/09/1955 TG584 Overshot runway at Dishforth, crashed 5 died. ??????


Crashed on overshot Colerne???????13.09.1955 Photo


 


TG585


SOC 1960


 


TG586


SOC 1959


 


TG587


SOC 1967


 


TG601


SOC 1959


 


TG602


Crashed near Shallufa Egypt 12.01.1953 See story???


12/01/53 TG602 RAF Shallufa,TCASF, both elevators and port tailplane flew off whilst in the climb at 2000', the aircraft dived into ground, 9 killed ex RAF Abingdon aircraft. The modification on refitting new elevator hinge bolts had not been carried out


See here http://splashdown2.tripod.com/id9.html


 


TG603


Crashed at RAF Luqa 16.06.1952 . 99 Squadron 16/06/1952 TG603 NO ACCIDENT RECORD CARD EXISTS. I have since received information that this aircraft was 'Blown Off the Runway' at RAF Luqa, Malta and that there were no survivors, understand that Elevator Bolts could have sheared off. This does not compare though to reports in the Maltese press from this period, can anyone help?


 


 


 


 


TG604


 


Once had the call sign GAC


SOC 1967


 


TG605


SOC 1967


 


TG606


SOC 1966


 


TG607


SOC 1967


 


TG608


SOC 1967


 


TG609


SOC 1960


 


 


TG610


Struck The Radio Servicing Flight building on landing, taking the life of a Senior NCO at RAF Thorney Island 17.12.1963


 


TG611


 


 


This was the RAF’s last crash during the Berlin Airlift and occurred on take off from Tegel Airport (French Sector) on 16th July 1949, it is thought there may have been incorrect tail trim on take off (or, I have heard an engine failure) resulting in the deaths of five RAF personnel.


 


 


TG612


SOC 1966


 


TG613


 


Ditched in Mediterranean Sea on 22.07.1953


 


TG614


SOC 1967


 


TG615


 


Photo of crash site at http://image18.webshots.com/18/9/14/84/202691484jQXNFx_ph.jpg


 


Crashed at Bannerdown Hill near Colerne on 21.10.1957


 


 


TG616


SOC 1967


 


TG617


SOC 1959


 


TG618


SOC 1968


 


TG619


 


RAE Farnborough


SOC 1970


 


TG620


SOC 1967


 


TG621


 


Once with 202 Squadron


 


SOC 1968


 


TG622


SOC 1966


 


TG623


Ex Met.1 SOC 1967


 


TG624


 


 


The only Meteoroligical Hastings to have crashed and was written off (Cat.5) at RAF Aldergrove on take-off 27.12.1961


 


The following are all C.2 Mark aircraft


 


WD475


 


Once had the call sign GAQ


 


This aircraft was used on RAF Wittering as a firedump Hastings


 


SOC 1967


 


 


WD476


 


Disposed of as scrap by 27 MU RAF Shawbury, Shropshire


 


SOC 1969


 


WD477


 


Scrapped at RAF Lindholme Yorkshire


 


SOC 1968


 


WD478


 


Crashed at Strubby/Manby on take off 19.03.1951 the Hastings was seen to lift off, stall and dived into the ground, sadly 3 died whilst 5 others survived, this aircraft had only been off the production line 6 days earlier. No accident record exists.


 


 


 


WD479


 


CAT 5


SOC 1967


 


WD480


 


A pannier holding sonobuoys  was permanently attached to WD480 and operated almost continouosly out of RAE Farnborough, in fact this Hastings was used as a fire dump aircraft at The RAE Farnborough for 10 years before being scrapped in 1984, originally SOC 24th September 1974


 


 


WD481


 


Used for training purposes at RAF Catterick, Yorkshire, Fire School


 


 


SOC 1967


 


WD482


This aircraft once flew with the RRE at Pershore, Worcestershire until SoC in 1967 where it remained as a firedump aircraft.


 


SOC 1967


 


WD483


 


Crashed on landing at Ataq, Aden on 9th April 1956 when the undercarriage collapsed on landing at the time  483 was with 70 Squadron, Cyprus


 


 


 


WD484


 


Crashed on take-off at Boscombe Down 02.03.1955 [ A different date of the 29th March is also recorded] Elevator locks in, 4 died [Some reports record 2 crew died]


Rex Browning tells me


Just to say I was working on Hunters re their 4 pack experimental 30mm Aden guns at the start end of main runway as the Hastings in question taxied around us, a couple of the crew waved to us and took off, I watched it all the way to its stall, fell to starboard crashed close to bomb dump and caught fire. Never never forget.

 


 


 


WD485


 


Scrapped at 27 MU Shawbury Shropshire


SOC 1969


 


WD486


SoC 29/11/1957 or 1967?? as CAT 5(c)


 


SOC 1967


 


WD487


 


  to No.27 MU RAF Shawbury, Shropshire


SOC 1968


 


WD488


 


Once had a 3 Alpha callsign of JAM


 


 


SOC 1965


 


WD489


 


Scrapped at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus


SOC 1968


 


WD490


Served on 24 Squadron during 1952


 


Scrapped at RAF Bicester 1973


SOC 1967


 


WD491


Crashed at West Raynham Nose down wrong weight distribution? 09.06.1967 Used as a Firedump Hastings at RAF Wyton “I hear a story  from the Stn Comm ex Lyneham that he was on board when 491 broke a wheel axle on landing, the resulting photo doesn’t look like that to me!”                                 http://splashdown2.tripod.com/id11.html


 


 


WD492


 


Crashed on Greenland IceCap at NorthIce Camp on 16.09.1952 whilst on a supply drop, aircraft is still in situ but now buried under a sheet of  ice and snow. Aircraft belonged to 47 Squadron read about it here


http://www.air-despatch.co.uk/open/frozen/frozen.htm


 


WD493


 


 


Used as a firedump Hastings at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.


SOC 1968


 


WD494


 


Once ex 24 Squadron


 


Used as a Fire Service Training School aircraft at Stansted, Essex


SOC 1967


 


WD495


 


Once had the call sign GAN


 


Used as a firedump Hastings at RAF Colerne, Wiltshire


 


SOC 1968


 


WD496


SOC 1972 Supported the 2 Comets and 2 Canberras of RAF Wyton #51 Squadron


Scrapped at Boscombe Down as late as 1989 and was once painted up in the colours of the A&AEE.


 


 


WD497


 


29/05/1961 No. 2 engine cut on supply drop at Seletar, 13 died.


 


 


WD498


Check out http://www.flightlinemalta.com/airaccidents/WD498/  


Stalled on take-off AQM and 16 others killed, 18 survived


Crashed at El Adem on 10.10.1961 on take off see story???





 


 


 


WD499


 


499 was stationed at the RAF College Manby, Lincolnshire from 1951-1955 undertaking among other tasks long distance flights some of which extended beyond 13 hours 


 


Scrapped at RAF Honington, Suffolk as late as 1985, this being the last Mk. C2 to be constructed on 11th October 1951 and was still active with the Royal Radar Establishment at Pershore, Worcestershire in 1972 and was finally retired on 30th September 1974 and used as a firedump Hastings at RAF Honington, Suffolk.


 


SOC 1967


 


 


WD500


 


One of 4 VIP aircraft to be built  as a Mark C.4 Variant


Scrapped at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus in 1969 but not SOC 1970


Have photo in flight VIP


 


WJ324


FECs Changi Mk C4


 


WJ325


 


Photo at http://image05.webshots.com/5/7/85/81/66378581iKsLUm_ph.jpg


FEC’s photo VIP  FEC’s/MEC’s


SOC 1968


 


WJ326


VIP Fecs/MECs SOC 1971


 


WJ327


 


327 was stationed at the RAF College Manby, Lincolnshire from 1951-1955 undertaking among other tasks long distance flights some of which extended beyond 13 hours 


SOC 1973


 


WJ328


SOC 1968


 


WJ329


 


Scrapped at RAF Shawbury


SOC 1969


 


WJ330


 


Scrapped at RAF Cosford


SOC 1969


 


WJ331


 


Scrapped at RAF Shawbury


SOC 1971


 


WJ332


 


Was with 48 Squadron and FEC’s RAF Changi when this Hastings was about to be scrapped at RAF Seletar MU it was decided at a late hour to fly it to RAF Gan to be used as a firedump Hastings,  the rudder was removed from this aircraft and was located in one of the drinking bars with many signatures of Gannites


SOC 1968


 


WJ333


VIP FEC’s


 SOC 1967


 


WJ334


SOC 1968


 


WJ335


Stalled and crashed on take-off at Abingdon 22.06.1953?????? 6 died


 


WJ336


SOC 1968 Photo


 


WJ337


 


Once had a 3 Alpha callsign GAF


FEC’s SOC 1968


 


WJ338


IRIS III at RAF Watton


RAF Catterick Fire Dump SOC 1969


 


WJ339


SOC 1969


 


WJ340


 


At one time with 24 Squadron


SOC 1968


 


WJ341


Crashed at Abingdon and groundlooped  26.07.1955


 


WJ342


 


 Photo of crashed WJ342 at http://image05.webshots.com/5/3/35/86/66333586lJvzha_ph.jpg


Crashed/engine failure on take off RAF Eastleigh 23.01.1961


 


WJ343


 


Scrapped at RAF Shawbury


SOC 1965


 


NZ5801


 


Nose section in a New Zealand aviation museum


Last flight 1966 not scrapped until 1971*


 


NZ5802


Last known flight 1966, scrapped 1969*


 


NZ5803


Last flight 1965 scrapped 1969*


First RNZAF aircraft to fly around the world after delivering a replacement engine to a stranded 40 Squadron DC6. Aircraft arrived back at Whenuapai on 14 September 1962 after flying 25,000 miles in 120 flying hours in the previous 3 weeks and circling the globe east-west.


 


 


 


 


NZ5804


Took part in 1953 London-Christchurch Air Race in October 1953 flown by Wing Commander R F Watson. Withdrew after engine failure and emergency landing in Ceylon, a new engine was flown out to Negombo from New Zealand, and 5804 returned to NZ on 20th October. To 40 Squadron on 08 December 1954. Crashed on takeoff from Darwin on 09 September 1955 when multiple bird strikes caused power to be lost in 3 engines. All 25 on board survived but aircraft was written off.* See story?????????????? Also my own photo


 


* The details on the RNZAF Hastings is credited to the RNZAF web site at:??????






Struck offCharge (SoC)


 


This term is used throughout military parlance like DBR or CAT 5 is


An aircraft is like everything else in the Armed Forces it has to have an inventory number whether it be a new chairleg, an engine or an aircraft it has to be accountable to either a stores section or a squadron, when a chairleg has been broken it is replaced by a new chairleg but if the whole chair is broken it is replaced by a new chair, therefore it is struck off the inventory or in the case of an aircraft Struck off Charge from the Squadron and RAF.


 


Damaged Beyond (Economical) Repair (DBR) means just that, if an aircraft is too far damaged it is struck off charge and the the salvageable parts are retained and the remainder is scrapped usually under a civilian contract.  An aircraft that may have been lost in an accident might not necessarily be struck off charge for some time, each accident has to have a Board of Inquiry (BoI) set up to find the cause of the accident, often this would involve gathering all the retrievable parts from the site of the crash, remove those parts to a suitable aircraft hangar and painstakingly reassemble the aircraft like a jigsaw puzzle, this could take weeks or months depending on the size of the crash site. Once a cause has been established, and more than likely a cause is usually found, and the BoI reports its findings, the Air Chiefs decide the aircraft can be struck off charge. In the case I was involved in Hastings TG579, although the crash (landing in the sea?) occurred on 1st March 1960 the sequence of events were that it was SOC on 23rd February 1961 a year but a week from the accident.


 


Similarly Hastings WD497 that crashed at RAF Seletar with the loss of all on board, on a supply drop on 29th May 1961 was not SOC until 29th January 1962 some eight months after the accident. Coincidentally the same Admin Officer Struck this aircraft off as the above TG579. So when you see a SOC date stated that is the date the aircraft was no longer on anyone’s inventory, the aircraft in question may not have flown for months or even years before being struck off. The RNZAF aircraft above are perfect examples!


 


If an aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair but was a complete airframe with wings that could be used for training purposes, i.e. airfield fire fighting, extricating the casualties from the wreckage or storming a hijacked aircraft then these ‘shells’ would be used until such time as they had no useful life left.


 


RAF Stations operating HP Hastings Squadrons


 


RAF Aldergrove


 


202 Squadron Meteoroligical Squadron from 1950 to 1964


 


http://www.202-sqn-assoc.co.uk/hugh.htm


 


 


 


RAF Changi


 


48 Squadron and Far East Communications Squadron (FEC’s) from 1957 to 1968


 


RAF Colerne


 


 


RAF Dishforth


 


47 Squadron was the first Hastings Squadron in existence


 


 


RAF Lindholme


 


TG503, TG505, TG568, TG536,


 


RAF Lyneham


 


53, 99, 511 Squadrons


 


RAF Nicosia & Akrotiri


 


70 Squadron


 


RAF Thorney Island


 


RAF Topcliffe


 


TG524 Shawbury


 


SOC 1971


 


WJ332


 


Was with 48 Squadron and FEC’s RAF Changi when this Hastings was about to be scrapped at RAF Seletar MU it was decided at a late hour to fly it to RAF Gan to be used as a firedump Hastings,  the rudder was removed from this aircraft and was located in one of the drinking bars with many signatures of Gannites


SOC 1968


 


WJ333


VIP FEC’s


 SOC 1967


 


WJ334


SOC 1968


 


WJ335


Stalled and crashed on take-off at Abingdon 22.06.1953?????? 6 died


 


WJ336


SOC 1968 Photo


 


WJ337


 


Once had a 3 Alpha callsign GAF


FEC’s SOC 1968


 


WJ338


IRIS III at RAF Watton


RAF Catterick Fire Dump SOC 1969


 


WJ339


SOC 1969


 


WJ340


 


At one time with 24 Squadron


SOC 1968


 


WJ341


Crashed at Abingdon and groundlooped  26.07.1955


 


WJ342


 


 Photo of crashed WJ342 at http://image05.webshots.com/5/3/35/86/66333586lJvzha_ph.jpg


Crashed/engine failure on take off RAF Eastleigh 23.01.1961


 


WJ343


SOC 1965


 


NZ5801


 


Nose section in a New Zealand aviation museum


Last flight 1966 not scrapped until 1971*


 


NZ5802


Last known flight 1966, scrapped 1969*


 


NZ5803


Last flight 1965 scrapped 1969*


First RNZAF aircraft to fly around the world after delivering a replacement engine to a stranded 40 Squadron DC6. Aircraft arrived back at Whenuapai on 14 September 1962 after flying 25,000 miles in 120 flying hours in the previous 3 weeks and circling the globe east-west.


 


 


 


 


NZ5804


Took part in 1953 London-Christchurch Air Race in October 1953 flown by Wing Commander R F Watson. Withdrew after engine failure and emergency landing in Ceylon, a new engine was flown out to Negombo from New Zealand, and 5804 returned to NZ on 20th October. To 40 Squadron on 08 December 1954. Crashed on takeoff from Darwin on 09 September 1955 when multiple bird strikes caused power to be lost in 3 engines. All 25 on board survived but aircraft was written off.* See story?????????????? Also my own photo


 


* The details on the RNZAF Hastings is credited to the RNZAF web site at:??????






Struck offCharge (SoC)


 


This term is used throughout military parlance like DBR or CAT 5 is


An aircraft is like everything else in the Armed Forces it has to have an inventory number whether it be a new chairleg, an engine or an aircraft it has to be accountable to either a stores section or a squadron, when a chairleg has been broken it is replaced by a new chairleg but if the whole chair is broken it is replaced by a new chair, therefore it is struck off the inventory or in the case of an aircraft Struck off Charge from the Squadron and RAF.


 


Damaged Beyond (Economical) Repair (DBR) means just that, if an aircraft is too far damaged it is struck off charge and the the salvageable parts are retained and the remainder is scrapped usually under a civilian contract.  An aircraft that may have been lost in an accident might not necessarily be struck off charge for some time, each accident has to have a Board of Inquiry (BoI) set up to find the cause of the accident, often this would involve gathering all the retrievable parts from the site of the crash, remove those parts to a suitable aircraft hangar and painstakingly reassemble the aircraft like a jigsaw puzzle, this could take weeks or months depending on the size of the crash site. Once a cause has been established, and more than likely a cause is usually found, and the BoI reports its findings, the Air Chiefs decide the aircraft can be struck off charge. In the case I was involved in Hastings TG579, although the crash (landing in the sea?) occurred on 1st March 1960 the sequence of events were that it was SOC on 23rd February 1961 a year but a week from the accident.


 


Similarly Hastings WD497 that crashed at RAF Seletar with the loss of all on board, on a supply drop on 29th May 1961 was not SOC until 29th January 1962 some eight months after the accident. Coincidentally the same Admin Officer Struck this aircraft off as the above TG579. So when you see a SOC date stated that is the date the aircraft was no longer on anyone’s inventory, the aircraft in question may not have flown for months or even years before being struck off. The RNZAF aircraft above are perfect examples!


 


If an aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair but was a complete airframe with wings that could be used for training purposes, i.e. airfield fire fighting, extricating the casualties from the wreckage or storming a hijacked aircraft then these ‘shells’ would be used until such time as they had no useful life left.


 


RAF Stations operating HP Hastings Squadrons


 


RAF Aldergrove


 


202 Squadron Meteoroligical Squadron from 1950 to 1964


 


http://www.202-sqn-assoc.co.uk/hugh.htm


 


 


 


RAF Changi


 


48 Squadron and Far East Communications Squadron (FEC’s) from 1957 to 1968


 


RAF Colerne


 


 


RAF Dishforth


 


47 Squadron was the first Hastings Squadron in existence


 


 


RAF Lindholme


 


TG503, TG505, TG568, TG536,


 


RAF Lyneham


 


53, 99, 511 Squadrons


 


RAF Nicosia & Akrotiri


 


70 Squadron


 


RAF Thorney Island


 


RAF Topcliffe


 



 


TG524 Shawbury


 


 


SOC 1971


 


WJ332


 


Was with 48 Squadron and FEC’s RAF Changi when this Hastings was about to be scrapped at RAF Seletar MU it was decided at a late hour to fly it to RAF Gan to be used as a firedump Hastings,  the rudder was removed from this aircraft and was located in one of the drinking bars with many signatures of Gannites


SOC 1968


 


WJ333


VIP FEC’s


 SOC 1967


 


WJ334


SOC 1968


 


WJ335


Stalled and crashed on take-off at Abingdon 22.06.1953?????? 6 died


 


WJ336


SOC 1968 Photo


 


WJ337


 


Once had a 3 Alpha callsign GAF


FEC’s SOC 1968


 


WJ338


IRIS III at RAF Watton


RAF Catterick Fire Dump SOC 1969


 


WJ339


SOC 1969


 


WJ340


 


At one time with 24 Squadron


SOC 1968


 


WJ341


Crashed at Abingdon and groundlooped  26.07.1955


 


WJ342


 


 Photo of crashed WJ342 at http://image05.webshots.com/5/3/35/86/66333586lJvzha_ph.jpg


Crashed/engine failure on take off RAF Eastleigh 23.01.1961


 


WJ343


SOC 1965


 


NZ5801


 


Nose section in a New Zealand aviation museum


Last flight 1966 not scrapped until 1971*


 


NZ5802


Last known flight 1966, scrapped 1969*


 


NZ5803


Last flight 1965 scrapped 1969*


First RNZAF aircraft to fly around the world after delivering a replacement engine to a stranded 40 Squadron DC6. Aircraft arrived back at Whenuapai on 14 September 1962 after flying 25,000 miles in 120 flying hours in the previous 3 weeks and circling the globe east-west.


 


 


 


 


NZ5804


Took part in 1953 London-Christchurch Air Race in October 1953 flown by Wing Commander R F Watson. Withdrew after engine failure and emergency landing in Ceylon, a new engine was flown out to Negombo from New Zealand, and 5804 returned to NZ on 20th October. To 40 Squadron on 08 December 1954. Crashed on takeoff from Darwin on 09 September 1955 when multiple bird strikes caused power to be lost in 3 engines. All 25 on board survived but aircraft was written off.* See story?????????????? Also my own photo


 


* The details on the RNZAF Hastings is credited to the RNZAF web site at:??????






Struck offCharge (SoC)


 


This term is used throughout military parlance like DBR or CAT 5 is


TG524 Shawbury


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