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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142148
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra T Mk 4
Owner/operator:Laarbruch SF Royal Air Force (Laarbruch SF RAF)
Registration: WT484
MSN: 71442
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wesel, near Empel (NRW) -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Laarbruch, West Germany
Destination airport:
The aircraft had almost recovered from a steep high speed dive when the starboard wing dropped and it dived into the ground at Wesel-on-Rhine, near Empel, West Germany. It exploded on impact killing the three crew.
Squadron Leader R.W. Bradley (Q.F.I. Pilot, Service Number 57107)
Pilot Officer C.J. Miller, RAF (Service Number 4335154)
Flying Officer S.C. Handley, RAF (Service Number 507904)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.182 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 95)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/353:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/35/S2834:

Revision history:

29-Jan-2012 15:11 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Apr-2013 00:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2013 18:51 Nepa Updated [Operator]
05-Nov-2019 10:06 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
21-Jan-2020 20:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Jan-2020 22:07 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative, Operator]
27-Jan-2020 17:51 Uli Elch Updated [Location]

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