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Handley Page 67 Hastings Serials


 

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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