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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20745
Last updated: 21 April 2021
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Date:04-NOV-1953
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.2
Owner/operator:231 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (231 OCU RAF)
Registration: WF910
Msn: 71097
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Beck Row, near Mildenhall, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Both engines failed on climb out from night GCA, undershot forced landing. According to a contemporary local newspaper report ("Cambridge Daily News" 5 November 1953):

"The navigator of a RAF Canberra jet bomber was rescued when the plane crashed into a cafe at Beck Row, near Mildenhall. The pilot was killed. The proprietor of the cafe said the plane destroyed the back of his premises, smashed his kitchen table, flattened his car and plunged the whole place into darkness. The jet finished up in his back garden, straddling a chicken run and churning up his vegetables. It must have missed the roof by inches and it was a miracle no one in the cafe was killed."

Sources:

1. Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
2. "Cambridge Daily News" 5 November 1953
3. https://archive.org/stream/CambridgeshireAviationScrapbook1897To1990.doc/Cambridgeshire%20Aviation%20Scrapbook%201897%20to%201990.doc_djvu.txt


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jun-2008 12:35 JINX Added
12-Nov-2018 21:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
21-Apr-2021 16:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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