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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21043
Last updated: 20 October 2020
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Date:11-JAN-1954
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.Mk 2
Owner/operator:231 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (231 OCU RAF)
Registration: WH864
C/n / msn: SH1621
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile West of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Narrative:
EE Canberra B.Mk.2 WH864, 231 OCU RAF: Crashed and destroyed 11/1/1954 when dived into ground at night, one mile West of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. After some trouble starting an engine, the aircraft took off from RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, and after acknowledging air traffic control, nothing further was heard from the crew. About 8 minutes after take off the aircraft dived into the ground in an inverted attitude. Both crew killed.

Crew:
Pilot:Pilot Officer John Leonard Hoyle (aged 20) RAF killed.
Navigator: Flying Officer Michael Harry Webber RAF killed.

According to some sources, WH864 came down within the grounds (on the playing fields) of Bishops Stortford Boys College, which is located one mile west of the town

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.154 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 53)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.24-25
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/193: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424314
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WH
6. https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/81134-ee-canberra-accident-bishops-stortford-1954
7. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1950-1959_26.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jun-2008 09:31 JINX Added
07-Apr-2013 01:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 21:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
08-Jan-2020 21:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 22:47 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Operator]
04-Apr-2020 21:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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