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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20527
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B Mk 2
Owner/operator:617 (Dambusters) Sqn RAF
Registration: WD984
MSN: 71055
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Beelsby, 6 miles SW of Grimsby, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire (EGXB)
Destination airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire (EGXB)
EE Canberra B.Mk.2 WD984, 617 (Dambusters) Squadron, RAF: Written off 27/3/1952: Lost height in snowstorm during GCA approach, port wing hit ground, aircraft cartwheeled and broke up, near Beelsby, 6 miles South West of Grimsby, Lincolnshire

All three on board killed - one of whom was Flying Officer Bohumil Vladimir Sigmund RAF (navigator) who had fled to Britain after a coup in 1948 in Czechslovakia, and rejoined the RAF. (He had served with 311 (Czech) Squadron during WWII)

Canberra WD 984 started at 11.40 hrs from RAF Binbrook on a training flight. Sergeant Ford conducted a pilot controlled descent and landing was long. The aircraft was seen as the snow disappeared beyond the perimeter of the airport. Then he was spotted by two civilians, as in a snow blizzard and low altitude sharp curves. The left wing caught while the ground and the aircraft disintegrated. The entire crew of 3 perished. Bohumil Sigmund is buried in the cemetery at St. Mary's Church of St. Gabriel in Binbrook, Lincolnshire.

Crew of Canberra B.2 WD984:
Flight Sergeant Peter Ford, RAF (pilot, aged 21)
Flying Officer Bohumil Vladimir Sigmund (navigator, Service Number 127089)
Flying Officer Frank Ernest Bath (Observer/Bomb Aimer)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 141
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/51:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2527:

Revision history:

03-Jun-2008 16:49 JINX Added
21-Jan-2012 18:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2012 01:42 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
03-Apr-2013 22:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 18:07 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
30-Dec-2019 23:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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