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  • avion ancien
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2007
    • 5219

    Hunter/Whirlwind mid-air collision 1957

    Hawker Hunter WP144 and Westland Whirlwind XK908 were involved in a mid-air collision over East Stratton, Hampshire, on 10 September 1957. The pilot of the Hunter, F/O Brian John Stephens ejected and survived. The pilot of the Whirlwind, Lieutenant John Philip Eynon, and his passenger, Cyril Waine, both were killed when the helicopter fell to earth. Does anyone know if either or both the RAF and the RN convened a Court of Inquiry and, if so, what was the outcome? I'm particularly interested to know the altitude at which the collision occurred. Also does anyone know anything of the subsequent military career of F/O Stephens?

    With my thanks in anticipation.

    AA
  • Wyvernfan
    wyvernfan@gmail.com
    • Oct 2007
    • 5808

    #2
    This might be of interest;

    http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/inde...3.msg64875#new
    Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/Westland.Wy...tif_t=page_fan

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    • avion ancien
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2007
      • 5219

      #3
      Thank you, Wyvernfan. That's from where I came!

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      • avion ancien
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2007
        • 5219

        #4
        I'll just give this a bump before drawing the inevitable conclusion. But assuming that is so, can anyone suggest where I might more usefully pose my specific questions?

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        • sycamore
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2004
          • 397

          #5
          AA,suggest you try the FAA Museum at Yvt.,as the BOI would have been led by the Senior Service,as they also suffered the fatality; however , my acquaintance who I`ve asked ,suggests that at this `distance`,records may not have survived,but worth a try....

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          • avion ancien
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Aug 2007
            • 5219

            #6
            Thank you. Will do, sycamore.

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            • bazv
              olde rigger
              • Feb 2005
              • 5852

              #7
              I think this might be your man AA.
              From the London Gazette...

              Pilot Officer to Flying Officer :
              B. J. STEPHENS (4158228). 27th Jan. 1957.

              Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant :
              B. J. STEPHENS (4158228). 10th Oct. 1961


              Appointment to commission (permanent) As Flight Lieutenant (General List) : 1st Oct. 1962
              Brian John STEPHENS (4158228)



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              • bazv
                olde rigger
                • Feb 2005
                • 5852

                #8
                As Acting Pilot Officer on probation (twelve years on the active list and four years on the reserve):
                Cadet Pilot 4158228 Brian John STEPHENS (4158228) (period of service to count from 13th Oct 1954).

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                • Mothminor
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Dec 2012
                  • 974

                  #9
                  Assuming it is the same F/O B.J. Stephens he is pictured far right of the photo with a Jet Provost at the CFS having just become a Qualified Flying Instructor on the type in November 1959 -

                  https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarch...earch=stephens
                  Last edited by Mothminor; 26th April 2019, 22:29.

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                  • avion ancien
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2007
                    • 5219

                    #10
                    I'm very grateful to you both, bazv and Mothminor. That leaves me just to pursue the collision altitude issue.

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                    • sycamore
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2004
                      • 397

                      #11
                      AA,you might also try `Pprune-Mil,or Av.History,as someone may have crossed his path.......

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