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Date:30-APR-1952
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.2
Owner/operator:RAE Farnborough
Registration: WD960
C/n / msn: 71042
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Llandow, near Bridgend, South Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Farnborough, Hampshire (EGUF)
Destination airport:RAF Llandow, South Glamorgan
Narrative:
Written off 30.4.1952 when stalled while turning onto final approach to RAF Llandow, near Bridgened, South Glamorgan; aircraft struck the ground and cartwheeled.

Crew:
Test pilot: Squadron Leader Richard Bradwell, DFC, Officer Commanding, Wireless & Electrical Flight RAE Farnborough killed.
Co-pilot: Flt Lt Andrew Millar DFC, RAF, killed.

Richard Bradwell was commissioned on 2nd December 1940 as a Pilot Officer on probation, rising to Flying Officer (war subs) on 19th November 1941 and Flt Lt exactly a year later. As F/Lt he was awarded the DFC for service with 108 Squadron (Gazetted on 30th November 1943). He shot down at least four enemy aircraft and later flew with 46 Squadron in The Mediterranean area. After the War he continued his service but was sadly killed on 30th April 1952 in the accident of Canberra WD960 at Llandow, Wales. At this time Squadron Leader Bradwell was a test pilot at Farnborough. He was thirty years old and is buried at Ship Lane Cemetery, Farnborough, Hampshire.

The death of an Andrew Millar, aged 34, was recorded in the Bridgend District of Glamorgan in the April to June quarter of 1952. This is presumably the same person as the co-pilot of WD960. He is also is buried at Ship Lane Cemetery, Farnborough, Hampshire, next to Richard Bradwell.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.158 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 242
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/91: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424212
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2573: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578419
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WD
6. http://thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=217
7. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york41/t1630.html
8. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1950-1959_26.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jun-2008 16:24 JINX Added
13-Sep-2009 11:52 bradrs1 Updated
02-Jun-2010 00:07 angels one five Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2013 08:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
04-Apr-2013 18:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2013 18:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [[Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]]
02-Aug-2013 01:46 bradrs1 Updated [Narrative]
29-Dec-2019 22:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Nature, Source]

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