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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21109
Last updated: 17 January 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.2
Owner/operator:40 Squadron Royal Air Force (40 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WJ720
C/n / msn: 71239
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Great Wood, North Elmham, near East Dereham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire (EGXT)
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
EE Canberra B.Mk.2 WJ720, 40 Squadron, RAF: Written off 24/07/1954: Flew into ground on night GCA approach at Great Wood, North Elmham, near East Dereham**, Norfolk, killing all three crew.

**Note: According to the Services Accidents Investigation (AI/S Series) Files, held at the National Archives at Kew, the crash location is given as "near Swanton Morley, Norfolk" (see link #3)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.161 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 61)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 233/224:

Revision history:

15-Jun-2008 21:33 JINX Added
17-Jun-2008 10:36 JINX Updated
08-Apr-2013 23:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2018 19:40 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
10-Jan-2020 01:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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