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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48583
Last updated: 26 August 2020
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Date:04-APR-1974
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra T.4
Owner/operator:5 Sqn Rhodesian AF
Registration: R2156
C/n / msn: 71152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Maconbe area -   Mozambique
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:New Sarum, Rhodesia
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Ex-RAF Canberra T.4 WH674: delivered to RAF 02/02/1954, service with 10, 104 and 59 Squadrons. Sold to BAC and redelivered 20/03/1961 to Rhodesian AF as RRAF175, RRAF216, then R2156

On the 4th April 1974 Canberra R2156 was lost killing the crew, Air Sub Lieutenant Keith Goddard (the pilot) and Air Sub Lieutenant Rich Airey (the navigator) during a low level bombing attach north of the border in the Maconbe area.

The aircraft crashed following a large explosion in the immediate area of the bomb bay. The aircraft was armed with 96 x 20 lb fragmentation bombs. It was presumed that one of the 20 lb fragmentation bombs had hit another that was armed and that this resulted in a chain reaction.

Sources:

Air Enthusiast 53
http://www.rhodesianforces.org/No5Sqn.htm
http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/waf/aa-africa/zim/af/types/canberra.htm
http://rhodesianforces.org/AircraftIncidents.htm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/crack-one/7455025360/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Dec-2008 10:59 harro Added
05-Apr-2013 00:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 02:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-May-2013 18:37 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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