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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154986
Last updated: 16 January 2020
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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) 8
Owner/operator:Handling Sqn A&AEE (Handling Squadron Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment )
Registration: WT326
C/n / msn: 71397
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Salisbury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Boscombe Down Wiltshire (EGDM)
Destination airport:
WT326 was the first production Canberra B(I)8; it first flew on 08/06/1955, and was delivered to the A&AEE at Boscombe Down on 01/11/1955. WT326 was written off on 27/11/1955 killing both crew: Squadron Leader F.C. Cooke DFC (A&AEE Handling squadron Test Pilot) and Flight Lt P. Hyden, navigator (A&AEE Handling Squadron).

WT326 took off from Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. The purpose of flight was the production of pilot's notes for the type. Soon after take-off with undercarriage still down, aircraft stalled and spun into ground near Salisbury, Wiltshire


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.176 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 94)
3. English Electric Canberra: The History and Development of a Classic Jet p 169 By Bruce Barrymore Halpenny
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/311:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/34/S2792:

Revision history:

11-Apr-2013 19:05 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Apr-2013 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
17-Apr-2013 09:47 Nepa Updated [Operator]
15-May-2013 18:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
16-Jan-2020 01:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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