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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21106
Last updated: 30 August 2015
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Date:02-AUG-1973
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.2
Owner/operator:RAF 231 OCU
Registration: WJ674
C/n / msn: HP218B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Woodbine Farm, North Witham, 1.5 miles NE of Cottesmore, Rutland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire (EGXJ)
Narrative:
Written off 2/8/1973: Yawed during a practice asymmetric approach to RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire. The crew ejected, the aircraft crashed into a field off the A1 road, east of The Fox public house, near Woodbine Farm in North Witham parish, one and a half miles north east of RAF Cottesmore. The pilots chute did not deploy and he was killed. Pilot later named as Flt. Lt. T.M.Murray

Per eyewitness report: "I was a rigger on 231 OCU at that time,from memory it was a Staff Navigator (Max M ?) whom I seem to recall felt the aircraft roll and buffet - then called 'eject' to the student. He thought the pilot had ejected safely and I think landed near the 'The Fox' on the A1 and 'popped in' for a drink (who could blame him?) Unfortunately the aircraft had either rolled too far or was too low for a safe ejection for the pilot, comparatively slow ejection sequence on a Canberra. We were all absolutely gutted by it."

And another eyewitness account:

"I was a member of the crash and smash team from 71 MU, RAF Bicester that recovered the remains of Canberra WJ674 (231 OCU) in early Aug 73. It came to rest in a field just East of the A1 on the approach to RAF Cottesmore. We had to dig up the engines as they were completely buried."

Sources:
1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.61)
2. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1973.htm
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Witham#History
4. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1973.htm
5. http://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/269642-canberra-hours-3.html
6. http://radfanhunters.co.uk/Eastleigh-Embakasi/WJ674_Eastleigh_08-63_RD.jpg


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jun-2008 21:18 JINX Added
17-Jun-2008 10:24 JINX Updated
09-Sep-2012 14:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 19:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jul-2015 07:05 86.28.168.47 Updated [Total fatalities]
29-Jul-2015 21:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2015 17:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2015 17:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
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