There are a few points which should be mentioned.
a - 2 (F) Wing served as a "salvage center" for the entire Air Division, and as such, the 2 Wing Salvage section was sent out to deal with every crash.
b - Canadair was manufacturing a number of F-86 Sabres for the RAF. Sabre 19637 or XB763 - was destined for the RAF, but being flown by 422 Squadron at 4 (F) Wing at the time of the incident. The aircraft was painted with RAF markings, but was being flown by an RCAF pilot at the time of the crash.
c - F/O FK Axtell was flying the aircraft when he experienced fuel exhaustion while over Belgium. He elected to bail out and survived the ejection. Ironically, the Sabre continued towards what proved to be a perfect belly landing (without pilot or canopy) near the village of Aniche, France.
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Updated: January 25, 2004