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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21027
Last updated: 18 July 2019
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Date:10-MAY-1955
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B Mk 2
Owner/operator:231 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (231 OCU RAF)
Registration: WH716
C/n / msn: 71682
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Combs, 2 1/4 miles SSW of Stowmarket, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn
Destination airport:RAF Shepherds Grove
Narrative:
Written off 10/5/1955: Dived into ground at night at Combs, 2 1/4 miles SSW of Stowmarket, Suffolk after climb-out from GCA approach practice.

The aircraft had made a practice GCA to Shepherds Grove and had been seen to climb away normally. WH716 subsequently dived into the ground at 70 degrees and inverted. The most likely cause of the accident was the failure of the tailplane incidence actuator.

The crew of the aircraft, who all perished, are shown as:

Pilot Officer Robert Michael Brown (22) Pilot
Pilot Officer John Edward Ratcliffe (20) Navigator Plotter
Pilot Officer Peter John Hawkes (20) Navigator Observer

Note that the crash location is spelled "Combs" on most maps, although it is pronounced locally as "Cooms". Hence the crash location been given two different names!

Sources:

Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424392
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=
http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=302


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jun-2008 01:17 JINX Added
27-Jun-2008 05:47 collie Updated
05-Apr-2013 15:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jul-2014 20:07 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
30-Nov-2016 14:13 A.J. Scholten Updated [Cn]
12-Nov-2018 21:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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