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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21028
Last updated: 4 August 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 Mk 2
Owner/operator:44 (Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (44 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WH717
C/n / msn: 71683
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Watton, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Watton, Norfolk
Destination airport:
EE Canberra B.Mk.2 WH717: Delivered 7/4/1953. Sole operational service career was with 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron, RAF

Written off 1/5/1957: Both engines failed after take off from Watton, Norfolk. It landed again but the port undercarriage collapsed causing the aircraft to skid and overshoot into the approach lights. All three crew were uninjured. Struck off charge 10/5/1957 as Cat.5(c) and reduced to spares and produce


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.190 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 52)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.210
4. 44 Squadron ORB (Operational Records Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for 1-31 May 1957: File AIR 27/2775/29 at

Revision history:

13-Jun-2008 01:22 JINX Added
05-Apr-2013 16:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2013 16:39 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
04-Aug-2020 14:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]

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