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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20528
Last updated: 2 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 B.2
Owner/operator:4 FPP Royal Air Force (4 FPP RAF)
Registration: WD985
MSN: 71056
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Queensferry, 1 mile SE of Sealand, Flintshire, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Hawarden, Flintshire (EGNR)
Destination airport:RAF Hawarden, Flintshire (EGNR)
On 8 April 1952, WD985 Canberra B.2, of 4 Ferry PIlots Pool, crashed with nil casualties. The pilot was making his first solo on type and was assisted by another pilot, also undertaking his first flight in the type!

After 6 minutes airborne, the aircraft rejoined the circuit at RAF Hawarden, and the pilot began his downwind checks with the second pilot reading from the Pilots Notes checklist. The second pilot incorrectly operated the fuel switches during a fuel check and turned off the low pressure fuel cocks and pump switches in error. The Captain then carried out a forced landing in a field at Queensferry, one mile south east of RAF Sealand, Flintshire.

The Canberra was on its delivery flight to 12 Squadron, RAF, having made its first flight on 4/4/1952 - four days earlier.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.125 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 236
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1983)

Revision history:

03-Jun-2008 16:53 JINX Added
03-Apr-2013 22:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2013 16:16 Nepa Updated [Operator]
02-Mar-2021 20:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Mar-2021 20:23 Investig Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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