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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20544
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 PR Mk 3
Owner/operator:540 Squadron Royal Air Force (540 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WE149
MSN: 71163
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire (EGUY)
EE Canberra PR.3 WE149: Delivered 6/10/53. RAF Service was with 540 Squadron, RAF only.

Written off 12/8/1954: The aircraft had been diverted to Scotland on its return from continental Europe. The incident took place in the early evening and in good visibility. WE149 was returning to base, and was seen to be on final approach to RAF Wyton at an altitude that seemed to be lower than normal. The pilot then called to say that he was going to overshoot the approach, and the Canberra was seen to be climbing away with the undercarriage lowered.

The Canberra then passed the Air Control Tower at an altitude if approximately 200 feet. The nose then rose up, the aircraft rolled to starboard, and dived into the ground almost inverted. Possible failure of fuel transfer valve after take-off. Aircraft seen crashed facing the beginning of runway. Both crew were killed. One of them was scheduled to be married on 24 August 1954

Crew of Canberra WE149:
Flight Lieutenant John Albert Ridley RAF (pilot, aged 24)
Flight Lieutenant William Robert Suffern (navigator, aged 25)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.161 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.21)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.81

Revision history:

03-Jun-2008 23:36 JINX Added
12-Jan-2012 12:51 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
04-Apr-2013 00:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Oct-2013 18:26 Fernandez Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
13-Jul-2014 16:04 HB Updated [Location]
18-Apr-2020 20:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2020 20:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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