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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21044
Last updated: 11 November 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:231 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (231 OCU RAF)
Registration: WH865
C/n / msn: SH1622
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile ENE of RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
EE Canberra B.2 WH865: Notified as awaiting collection 30/6/1953, delivered 7/7/1953. Operational service career was with 231 OCU RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, only

Written off on night of 14-15/8/1957: Stalled on BABS (Blind Approach Beam System) approach and flew into ground 1 mile East North-East of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. Pilot killed, navigator ejected.

Crew of Canberra WH865:
Flight Lieutenant Roy Vernon TAYLOR, RAF (pilot, aged 33) - killed on active service 15/8/1957
Flying Officer R.H.LEYLAND, RAF (Navigator) - ejected from aircraft and survived


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.192 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.259
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/37/S2890:

Revision history:

13-Jun-2008 09:33 JINX Added
07-Apr-2013 01:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
21-Sep-2013 19:53 Canjock Updated [Date, Departure airport]
12-Nov-2018 21:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
09-Aug-2020 18:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Aug-2020 07:43 MIG21 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]

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