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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 137071
Last updated: 19 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B(I) Mk 6
Owner/operator:213 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (213 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: XJ249
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile north east of Silberborn, Hartz Mountains, Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Bruggen, West Germany
Destination airport:
EE Canberra B(I) 8 XJ349: Written off (destroyed) 30/12/1957 when crashed 1 mile North East of Silberborn, Hartz Mountains, Lower Saxony, West Germany. All three crew killed.

Flew into trees in a blizzard whilst on a low level NavEx. Aircraft came down in a wooded area near the Mecklenbruchs.
The wreckage was salvaged on 2/1/1958. The three crew members Flt Lt H.W.R Clarke, F/O B. Milne and Flt Lt D.J. McCarthy were killed. On 26/4/1958, a monument was dedicated at the crash site.


1. The Calgary Herald 4 January 1958, p22
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/37/S2906:
5. (German text)

Revision history:

30-Jun-2011 19:27 angels one five Added
24-Aug-2011 07:37 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Aug-2011 14:43 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Jan-2012 07:21 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2013 18:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-May-2013 20:28 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
06-Apr-2016 18:25 bergerf Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Dec-2017 13:38 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2020 02:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2020 16:13 DB Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
19-Mar-2021 21:10 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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