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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154987
Last updated: 13 May 2021
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Date:08-SEP-1959
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.(I) 8
Owner/operator:88 (Hong Kong) Squadron Royal Air Force (88 (Hong Kong) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WT335
MSN: 71481
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hochneukirch -   Germany
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wildenrath (WID/EDUW)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Built in 1956, WT335 went into service with 88 Squadron (the first of the B(I)8 Strike Squadrons) at RAFG Wildenrath on 23/3/1956. It was transferred briefly to the RAF's Handling Squadron at RAF Manby for trials but soon re-joined 88 Squadron. Unfortunately it had a short career as it crashed at Hochneukirch, West Germany, on 08/09/1959 after it rolled at low altitude and flew into the ground. Both crew were killed:

Flying Officer May (pilot)
Flying Officer Clive Aubrey Deakin (navigator)

Per the Squadron ORB: "Day low-level cross country. Aircraft seen to alter course for its turning point, roll onto its back and hit ground with wingtip during recovery. Possible foul of port throttle by spanner causing asymmetric thrust at low speed and inducing roll".

Three spanners were found in the wreckage which could have caused the jamming of throttles/ controls.

Sources:

1. http://rafforum.activeboard.com/forum.spark?aBID=46291&p=3&topicID=43244062
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm
3. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?95142-Canberra-B(I)8-WT-335
4. http://www.infanteriezug-hochneukirch.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=211
5. http://wolfmansmemories.jimdo.com/verluste-losses/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Apr-2013 22:45 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Apr-2013 22:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn]
13-Apr-2013 07:15 Nepa Updated [Operator]
03-Jun-2013 09:19 Nepa Updated [Operator]
28-Sep-2013 09:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]

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