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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154770
Last updated: 2 February 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra U.10
Owner/operator:WRE Woomera
Registration: WD961
C/n / msn: 71043
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Evetts Field, Woomera, South Australia -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Woomera, South Australia (YPWR)
Destination airport:
Built by English Electric 21/12/51 as WD961 c/n 71043. Delivered to RAF as B.2 on 20/01/52. RAF service with 617, 61, and 15 Squadrons. Struck of charge 26/04/57 and converted to U.10. First flight as such 07/09/58. First U.10 transferred to RAAF 24/11/58. Reported to be allocated the civil registration VH-HDP (but this could be a misquotation of the call sign VM-HDP).

Shot down by a Bloodhound missile 09/06/59 at 50,000 feet over the missile ranges near Evetts Field, Woomera, South Australia. This was the first successful use of a Canberra U.10 in a missile test


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.30)

Revision history:

03-Apr-2013 21:07 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Mar-2014 21:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Mar-2014 21:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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