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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21043
Last updated: 27 November 2019
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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.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 W of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Narrative:
Crashed and destroyed 11/1/1954: 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:P/O John Leonard Hoyle 20 RAF killed.
Nav: F/O 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:

Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424314
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?79206-EE-Canberra-Accident-Bishops-Stortford-1954


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]

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