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Sunday, December 21, 2008

614 Sqn Aircraft

To complement the Squadron history on the sidebar here is a list of the aircraft used in the Llandow era.

Harvard T.2B
FX314/RAU-J 15/08/47 - 28/11/49 to Helliwells for B service
FX360/7A-X 16/06/50 - 24/06/52 to Aberdeen UAS
FX417/RAU-1/7A-Y 06/09/46 - 07/07/54 to 10MU
KF149/RAU-2/7A-Z 06/09/46 - 12/10/53 to 10MU

Spitfire LF.16e
RW355 06/02/47 - 07/12/47 Cat.E2-FA (Note a)
RW378 08/02/47 - 08/10/48 to 609 Sqn
SL543 16/01/47 - 17/07/48 Cat.AC-FA (Note b)
SL613/RAU-W 06/12/46 - 29/10/48 to 604 Sqn
SL672/RAU-T 22/01/47 - 12/05/49 to 6 MU
SL675 10/04/47 - 17/04/48 Cat.E2-FA (Note c)
SL680/RAU-G 22/07/47 - 21/11/48 to 612 Sqn
SL727 18/03/47 - 08/10/48 to 601 Sqn
TD249 08/06/47 - 21/11/48 to 612 Sqn
TD403 24/10/46 - 25/11/48 to 6 MU (via 38 MU)
TE120/RAU-A 15/01/48 - 16/05/49 to 6 MU
TE208/RAU-F 02/06/47 - 30/09/48 to RCMSDU
TE314 23/06/47 - 07/12/47 Cat.E-FA (Note d)
TE385 10/03/48 - 21/11/48 to 612 Sqn
TE436/RAU-D 10/04/47 - 30/09/48 to 604 Sqn

Notes
a. The aircraft was leading a battle formation and during a cross over manouvre it was struck by the No.3 aircraft, TE314. Damage was sustained to the port wing and aileron but the pilot (Pilot Officer David Edward Morgan) stayed in the a/c in an attempt to recover it to base. However, he eventually decided to bale out but abandoned the a/c at too low an altitude and was killed when his parachute did not deploy before he hit the ground. The a/c crashed at Long Sutton, Somerset.

b. The pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage and the a/c belly landed at Llandow, recat E2 on 19/11/48.

c. The a/c was seen to emerge from cloud in a dive and to attempt to level off over the Bristol Channel off Barry, Glamorgan. However, the a/c struck the water and broke up, killing the pilot, Pilot Officer Howard Hughes Evans.

d. This a/c was No.3 in a formation and struck the leader, RW355, as detailed above. The pilot baled out safely at 3500' before it crashed at Long Sutton, Somerset.

Spitfire F.22
PK320/RAU-J/7A-J 27/07/48 - 11/01/51 to AGT Gatwick
PK376 12/08/48 - 15/08/50 Cat.3FA. ReCat.5 02/07/51
PK403/RAU-M 28/07/48 - 18/09/49 Cat.AC-FA (Note e)
PK410 01/09/48 - 06/02/51 to AGT Gatwick
PK434 27/10/49 - 24/07/50 Cat.3R(FA) (Note f)
PK491 09/08/48 - 04/09/50 to 607 Sqn
PK500/7A-C 13/08/48 - 18/01/50 to AGT Gatwick
PK501/RAU-D/7A-D 09/08/48 - 22/09/50 to 607 Sqn
PK542/7A-O 29/07/48 - 19/01/51 to AGT Gatwick
PK604/RAU-E/7A-E 18/08/48 - 17/04/51 to AGT Gatwick
PK619/7A-G 18/08/48 - 24/04/51 to AGT Gatwick
PK624/RAU-T 25/08/48 - 17/01/51 to AGT Gatwick

PK648 22/07/48 - 04/09/50 to 6MU (Note g)
PK667 18/08/48 - 04/09/50 to 607 Sqn

Notes
e. The airspeed indicator was not giving accurate readings and the pilot misjudged the approach speed to Llandow, landing the a/c heavily and causing a bounce from which the undercarriage collapsed. ReCat.E on 18/09/49 and scrapped 28/09/49.

f. Suffered repairable airframe damage after brake failure on landing at Llandow.

g. Suffered Cat.3R-SR damage 02/01/50 and repaired on site by 34MU, being handed back 27/01/50.

Meteor
VZ636/V (T.7) 31/05/50 - 04/02/57 to 12MU
WA687 (T.7) 16/06/50 - 26/08/51 Cat.5FA (Note h)
WG948 (T.7) 31/08/51 - 24/02/52 Cat.3GA (Note i)
WG991/S (T.7) 03/03/52 - 06/02/57 to 12MU
WA766 (F.8) 22/09/55 - 04/02/57 to 12MU

Notes
h. On landing at Llandow the a/c touched down well up the runway: the pilot realised he would not be able to stop so raised the undercarriage and the a/c slid into some small trees beyond the overshoot.

i. During start up at Llandow the starter trolley was disconnected from the a/c without first being switched off. The starter cable shorted across a metal hydraulic pipe and ignited some leaking hydraulic fluid. In the subsequent fire the a/c's underside was extensively damaged.

Vampire F.3
VF336 12/07/50 - 21/05/51 Cat.5FA (Note j)
VF338 12/03/51 - 07/05/53 to 27MU
VF341 06/07/50 - 02/04/51 to 608 Sqn
VF342 18/05/51 - 01/11/51 to 601 Sqn
VF344 18/05/51 - 25/02/52 to 608 Sqn
VF348/G 20/11/50 - 01/07/52 Cat.3, ReCat.5C
VG698 27/07/50 - 18/08/51 Cat.3 to Marshall of Cambridge
VT799 06/10/50 - 09/09/51 Cat.5FA (Note k)
VT812 12/07/50 - 14/01/52 to 601 Sqn
VT828 26/01/51 - 17/03/52 to 608 Sqn
VT856 19/04/51 - 19/03/53 to 48MU
VT859 14/07/50 - 21/01/52 to 604 Sqn
VT860/T 01/08/51 - 25/09/52 to 48MU
VV196 06/07/50 - 07/05/51 Cat.5FA (Note l)
VV199 17/07/50 - 27/11/53 to 27MU
VV202 06/07/50 - 01/04/52 to 52 OFU Abingdon
VV203 06/07/50 - 07/01/52 to 604 Sqn
VV205 04/08/50 - 04/01/52 to 608 Sqn

Notes
j. Force landed on a beach near RAF Acklington after running out of fuel in poor weather conditions

k. The aircraft was given incorrect bearings by ATC, ran out of fuel, and crashed two miles southwest of Kingsclere, Berkshire. The pilot, Sgt L James, baled out and was unhurt

l. The a/c was pulling out of a dive at about 150' on Pembrey Range when it rolled three times before striking the sea in a shallow dive. It is believed that the a/c entered a high speed stall because the pilot, Sgt Edward Clinton Campbell, who was killed, made too violent a recovery from the initial dive.

Vampire FB.6
VV525/T 01/12/51 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
VZ266/M 06/01/52 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
VZ307 02/12/51 - 03/01/52 to 605 Sqn
VZ353/F 12/01/53 - 04//03/55 to 233 OCU
VZ837/E 01/02/52 - 29/04/55 to 502 Sqn
WA184/C 06/01/52 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
WA291/J to /N 31/12/51 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
WE835 29/09/51 - 08/10/51 Cat.4 to Marshall of Cambridge
WE836/B 29/09/51 - 28/11/54 Cat.5FA (Note m)
WE837/D 29/09/51 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
WE838 29/09/51 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
WG799/A 29/09/51 - 28/01/57 to 19MU

WG829/R 29/09/51 - 18/01/57 to 19MU

Notes
m. Collided in midair with 501 Sqn Vampire FB.5 VZ177 near Hamble, Hampshire. The pilot attempted to recover the a/c to Filton but had to abandon it when it became uncontrollable, crashing near Hallen, Gloucestershire. VZ177 crashed near Hamble, the pilot, Pilot Officer Nigel Graeme Palmer was thrown out of the a/c and killed.

NOTE: Some sources have this a/c as being with 501 Sqn at the time.

Vampire FB.9
WR157 10/12/54 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
WR233/B 01/12/54 - 28/01/57 to 19MU
WR253/F 11/02/54 - 28/01/57 to 19MU

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