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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
After a jungle rescue | Belvedere XG475 | RAF Changi December 1962
66 Squadron Belvedere XG475 ‘C’ from Seletar gets refuelled on 3rd Dec ‘62 after it had brought in 60 Sqdn’s c/o, Wg. Cmdr. Smith, pilot of Javelin XH836 which crashed in the Mersing area after an engine fire at 36,000 feet causing him to eject, inverted, at 22,000 feet. The Belvedere had no winch on at that time and the crew of Flt.Lt. D. Viner, Flt.Lt. G.Chapman, Cpl.Williams, Cpl.Tuchman and SAC DeCruz used three deploy ropes tied together to manually haul him up from 50 feet below the tree tops. The searching continued for the navigator, Sqd. Ldr. Jolliffe, who had ejected at 32,000 feet, also inverted and on the 5th he was found by Gurkha troops and a clearing was made to get him out and he was hauled up in a similar way. Belvederes used ‘avpin’ starting which was prone to catching fire, as happened to this aircraft XG475 on 5th December 1963 at Seletar, though the crew escaped OK.