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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21132
Last updated: 27 September 2020
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Date:29-JAN-1963
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra PR Mk 7
Owner/operator:58 Squadron Royal Air Force (58 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WJ824
C/n / msn: 71317
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:High Pike, Caldbeck, 4 miles East of Uldale, Cumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
EE Canberra PR.7 WJ824: Delivered 8/10/1954. Operational service career was with 82 Squadron, 58 Squadron, 100 Squadron, and 58 Squadron a second time.

Written off 29/01/1963: This aircraft was being flown on a night time low level training exercise which took them over the north-west of England. While flying over Cumbria the aircraft flew into bad weather with low cloud was covering the hills. The aircraft struck the ground on High Pike and disintegrated.

The aircraft was reported as missing when it failed to return to base at Wyton and an intensive search was put into operation. After the tail plane of an aircraft was spotted on High Pike the following day, local people set out from Caldbeck and found the crash site on High Pike. They returned to Caldbeck and guided the RAF rescue team to the crash site later in the day when the bodies of the two airmen were recovered.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Broughton RAF (Pilot, Service Number 4077048, aged 30), of Surrey. Buried Houghton & Wyton Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
Squadron Leader John Christopher Charles Almond RAF (Navigator, Service Number 1808174, aged 38), of Wembley, London. Buried Houghton & Wyton Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.209 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.63)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.371
4. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1963.htm
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Pike
6. http://rafmountainrescue.com/canberra-crash-high-pike-cumbria-19623-stan-sheehans-experience/
7. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/lakes/wj824.html

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

13 Jun 1958 WJ823 Royal Air Force (RAF) 2 1 mi E of Spaldwick, Huntingdonshire w/o


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jun-2008 10:20 JINX Added
17-Jun-2008 10:28 JINX Updated
09-Apr-2013 19:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2013 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
28-Feb-2015 09:00 AlLah Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
09-Sep-2020 22:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]

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