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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21098
Last updated: 8 May 2021
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Date:17-JUN-1954
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.Mk 2
Owner/operator:27 Squadron Royal Air Force (27 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WJ579
MSN: HP.166B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eastnor, 1 mile SE of Ledbury, Herefordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire (SQZ/EGXP)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
EE Canberra B.Mk.2 WJ579: Built by Handley Page at Radlett, Hertfordshire. Awaiting collection 30/6/53, delivered 8/7/53. RAF operational service was with 27 Squadron, RAF at Scampton, Lincolnshire

Written off 17/6/1954: Dived into the ground at Eastnor, 1 mile South East of Ledbury, Herefordshire. The aircraft was seen at an altitude of around 38,000 feet, and was then seen to roll to starboard, and begin to lose height - slowly at first, but then increasingly quickly. It was lost to sight by eyewitnesses at around 24,000 feet, but reappeared through cloud at around 2,000 feet, and dived towards the ground

Cause of crash presumed to be anoxia (oxygen starvation) of the crew at high altitude. This may have been due to an error by the pilot, caused by fatigue, when he mis-managed the oxygen supply controls. All three crew killed.

Crew of Canberra WJ579:
Flight Sergeant Victor Mansell Parker RAF (pilot, aged 25)
Flying Officer Geoffrey Brian Ricketts RAF (navigator, Service Number 4067539, aged 21)
Flying Officer Macallister Cooper Erskine RAF (navigator/bomb aimer, aged 22)

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.159 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 61)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.64
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/214: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424335
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WJ
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastnor,_Herefordshire .


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jun-2008 15:03 JINX Added
17-Jun-2008 10:36 JINX Updated
08-Apr-2013 16:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2014 17:39 billmoss Updated [Time]
12-Nov-2018 17:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
08-Jan-2020 21:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 22:48 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
12-Apr-2020 21:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2020 19:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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