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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21133
Last updated: 2 February 2021
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Date:27-NOV-1957
Time:16:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra T Mk 4
Owner/operator:13 Squadron Royal Air Force (13 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WJ858
C/n / msn: 71320
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF stn Akrotiri -   Cyprus
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Akrotiri, AKT/LCRA)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
WJ858 was one of four Canberras (the others were WF886, WP514 and WT508) that were destroyed in a hangar fire at Akrotiri, Cyprus on 27/11/1957 following a bomb explosion caused by EOKA guerrillas

The bombs, two of them, were placed inside the engines of two 'Canberra' bomber jets. At about 16.15 the fuel tanks of the planes blew up. In a matter of seconds the flames engulfed the tin-made hangar, which was 130 metres long 20 metres high and housed 4 'Canberra" jets and one Venom.'

The whole structure collapsed and was completely destroyed, together with all the planes and other material, consisting of plane motors and lathes. None of those who carried out this sabotage was ever arrested. This was the most destructive act of its kind in the history of the island and of England. The damage caused was estimated at 4.5 million pounds.

WJ858 was struck off charge on 02/12/1957 as Cat.5(c) as 131 MU Akrotiri, and scrapped after component recovery.

Sources:

Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1957.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20140820102645/http://britains-smallwars.com:80/cyprus/war.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Akrotiri#History
http://web.archive.org/web/20140820102645/http://britains-smallwars.com:80/cyprus/war.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jun-2008 10:23 JINX Added
09-Apr-2013 20:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2013 14:05 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]

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