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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55099
Last updated: 23 September 2019
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Date:04-JAN-1972
Time:night
Type:Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk 2B
Owner/operator:12 Squadron Royal Air Force (12 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XW539
C/n / msn: B3-08-70
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irish Sea off the Isle of Man -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Flew into the Irish Sea off the Isle of Man killing both crew (Sqn Ldr T Gilroy (pilot) and Flt Lt C Willbourne (navigator)). Note that the accident took place on the night or January 4th/5th 1972, hence the differing dates given in some published sources.

Sources:

1. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1972/1972%20-%201937.html
2. http://www.blackburn-buccaneer.co.uk/S2B_XW539_files/0_S2B_XW539.htm
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20170721225135/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/Buccaneer.htm
4. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1972.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Dec-2008 11:01 harro Updated
17-Jul-2011 01:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
02-Feb-2012 09:08 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
10-Jun-2013 01:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2015 00:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 19:00 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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