John "Jeff" Hawke
Jeff Hawke was very much into locating and flying film
One time President of American based company Euramericair,
amongst other things he flew one of the Mosquitos in 633 Squadron. He also operated the camera ship for Battle of Britain
'The Psychedelic Monster'.
At the time of his death, press reports said John Hawke
had hired a Piper Aztec some months previously and was later fished up out of the Adriatic.
The body on board carried a Miami driving licence in the
name of John Hawke.
The a/c was said to have had u/c and flaps down and showed
damage inconsistant with that expected in a ditching. In the period since the a/c was first hired it had been repainted in
"anti radar paint". There were several rumours going the rounds at the time.
This happened at the beginning of the troubles in Yugoslavia
The Aztec that John 'Jeff' Hawke apparently died in was
The aircraft was recovered on 28th December 1991 and could
well have been there for up to 2 months
John ‘Jeff’ Hawke had a chequered
history and there rumours that he once tried to chase a U2 over Cyprus when in the RAF, and also ‘smuggled’
B26s to Portugal.
As well as piloting the B25
camera ship in ‘The Battle of Britain’ and also worked on Empire of the Sun, Sky Bandits, White Nights, Sweet
Dreams, and Hanover Street. With the exception of Hanover Street, he was aerial co-ordinator or advisor on all of them.