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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21141
Last updated: 17 January 2020
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Date:24-FEB-1956
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra T.Mk 4
Owner/operator:231 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (231 OCU RAF)
Registration: WJ871
C/n / msn: 71349
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles west of Stilton, Huntingdonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
EE Canberra T.4 WJ871, 231 OCU, RAF: Written off 14/02/1956 - Dived into the ground near Stilton, Huntingdonshire, killing both crew, after the tailplane actuator malfunctioned. Both crew killed.

Crew of Canberra WJ871:
Flight Lieutenant Herbert James Brice, RAF (pilot, Service Number 924325)
Flying Officer J Spokes, RAF (Navigator)

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.178 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 63)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/326: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424447
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/34/S2807: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578587
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WJ
6. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
7. http://simviation.com//lair/casualty%201956.htm
8. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17202-231-OCU-Accidents-Bassingbourn&p=101009#post101009


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jun-2008 10:44 JINX Added
21-Jan-2012 17:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2013 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 21:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Jan-2020 01:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 14:34 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]

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