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    Default Javelin XA642 accident, December 6th 1957

    Hello everyone

    I came across this report in the Shields Evening News of December 14th 1957:

    SHIELDS PILOTíS FIGHTER FOUND
    Wreckage, believed to be that of a Javelin night fighter missing from West Raynham, Norfolk, has been found.
    The plane, which was piloted by a North Shields man, crashed into the sea about ten miles off the Lincolnshire coast on Dec. 6. The wreckage was found in the Wash by minesweepers.
    The pilot, 29 year old Flt.-Lieut. Arthur Wright, of St. Georgeís Crescent, was born at North Shields and educated at Tynemouth High School. He was a member of Tynemouth Air Training Corps Squadron before gaining a cadetship at RAF College, Cranwell.
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    He graduated from Cranwell in 1949 and was awarded a permanent commission in the Royal Air Force.
    In June last year he returned to this country after two years with the United States Air Force as an exchange instructor. While in America he married. He had one child.
    Flt.-Lt. Wright was on test work with the Javelin when it crashed.
    A memorial service is to be held at West Raynham.

    A bit of searching online brought up Javelin F.A.W.5 XA642 of the All Weather Development Squadron, which crashed on December 6th 1957 some ten miles off Skegness with the loss of the two crew F/Lt A Wright and F/Lt. R. Ashworth.

    So, a couple of questions. Can anyone confirm Arthur Wright's service number as 607060? And the first name and service number of F/Lt. R. Ashworth?

    Many thanks

    Simon

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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th November 2019 at 14:54.

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    Perfect Col, thank you.

    Regards

    Simon

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