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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21106
Last updated: 7 June 2021
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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: WJ674
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Woodbine Farm, North Witham, 1.5 miles NE of Cottesmore, Rutland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire (EGXJ)
Written off 2/8/1973: Yawed during a practice asymmetric approach to RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire. The crew ejected, the aircraft crashed into a field off the A1 road, east of The Fox public house, near Woodbine Farm in North Witham parish, one and a half miles north east of RAF Cottesmore. The pilots chute did not deploy and he was killed. Pilot later named as Flt. Lt. D.J. Dennis. Flt. Lt. T.M. Murray (Navigator).

Per eyewitness report: "I was a rigger on 231 OCU at that time,from memory it was a Staff Navigator (Max M ?) whom I seem to recall felt the aircraft roll and buffet - then called 'eject' to the student. He thought the pilot had ejected safely and I think landed near the 'The Fox' on the A1 and 'popped in' for a drink (who could blame him?) Unfortunately the aircraft had either rolled too far or was too low for a safe ejection for the pilot, comparatively slow ejection sequence on a Canberra. We were all absolutely gutted by it."

And another eyewitness account:

"I was a member of the crash and smash team from 71 MU, RAF Bicester that recovered the remains of Canberra WJ674 (231 OCU) in early Aug 73. It came to rest in a field just East of the A1 on the approach to RAF Cottesmore. We had to dig up the engines as they were completely buried."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.61)

Revision history:

15-Jun-2008 21:18 JINX Added
17-Jun-2008 10:24 JINX Updated
09-Sep-2012 14:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 19:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jul-2015 07:05 Anon. Updated [Total occupants]
29-Jul-2015 21:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2015 17:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2015 17:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 21:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
16-May-2020 19:46 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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