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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57573
Last updated: 20 November 2020
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Date:10-APR-1959
Time:08:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra PR.57
Owner/operator:Indian Air Force (IAF)
Registration: IP-988
C/n / msn: 71591
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rawat, near Rawalpindi -   Pakistan
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:IAF Agra, India
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Strayed into Pakistani airspace, and shot down by Pakistani AF F-86F Sabre 55-005 of No 15 Squadron, the unit also known as the "Cobras". Flying this aircraft, at 47,500 feet, Flight Lieutenant M Younis became the first PAF jet fighter to shoot down an enemy aircraft. ex.RAF/WT542(1)

Both Crew - Sqn Ldr J C Sen Gupta (pilot) and Navigator Flt Lt S N Rampal - ejected and were repatriated the next day. India claimed that the Canberra was on a Weather Mission when it became lost, drifted off course, and strayed over the border.

Sources:

http://www.defencejournal.com/2000/sept/sabre.htm
The Evening Independent 10 April 1959, p1
The Indian Express 12 April 1959, p1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
28-Jan-2012 18:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Apr-2013 15:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
06-Dec-2016 14:27 A.J.Scholten Updated [Cn, Narrative]
11-Nov-2017 15:56 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2019 14:02 TB Updated [Operator, Source]

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