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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 94209
Last updated: 25 November 2020
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Time:14:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra
Owner/operator:2 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A84-228
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:31 miles from Quang Tri, South Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam
Destination airport:
First flight 22/03/56. Delivered 23/04/56. First of the upgraded spec aircraft (equivalent to RAF B.6 specification) with 7,500 lb thrust Avon Mark 109/RA.7 engines and the provision for wing leading edge fuel tanks. Served with 2 Sqn in Vietnam as part of USAF 35th Tactical Fighter Wing. Based at Phan Rang Air Base (approx 150 miles north east of Saigon). Arrived 05/67. Crashed 14/03/71 after being hit by two SA-2. Surface to Air Missiles (SAMS). Both Crew; WGCDR (P) F. Downing and FLTLT (N) A. Pinches ejected near Quang Tri, Vietnam at 14,000 ft and 290 kts, suffering various moderate to serious injuries and were rescued 27 hours later. RAAF Ejection number 39.

A report at the time states " On 14 March 1971 Wg Cdr Downing was flying Canberra Bomber A84-228 with 32334 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Allen John Pinches when their aircraft was hit by two SA-2. Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs).

Downing and Pinches were both able to eject out of the aircraft, which had suffered critical damage but were not rescued until 27 hours later. The two Australian airmen were winched to safety by a US Army rescue helicopter and taken to the hospital at Quang Tri as both had sustained injuries on ejection.

Wg Cdr Downing had a fractured kneecap and Flt Lt Pinches fractured vertebrae in the lower back. Later, after being transferred to a hospital at Da Nang and then Vung Tau, the two were flown back to Australia for a protracted convalescence."


Revision history:

09-Apr-2013 01:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-Apr-2013 13:33 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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