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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20743
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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:12 Squadron Royal Air Force (12 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WF891
MSN: 71092
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire (EGXB)
Destination airport:
Canberra B.2 WF891, 12 Squadron, RAF: Written off 2/4/1954 when engine lost power on take-off, aircraft banked & wing hit ground, swung into GCA (Ground Control Approach) vehicle. There were three fatalities - the Squadron Commander, who was in the rumble seat and doing a check ride on the pilot, one of the navigators who's seat fired, and one person in the GCA caravan. The pilot was very badly injured but survived. The other navigator, when the remains of the aircraft came to rest, found himself still strapped in with nothing in front of him and, I think, suffered a broken ankle.

One of the fatalities who was named was Squadron Leader J S Millington, DFC, Commanding Officer of 12 Squadron, RAF, at the time. He was the one in the "rumble seat"

Crew of Canberra WF891
Pilot Officer Reginald John Careless (pilot, Service Number 579653) - survived injured (back injuries)
Flight Lt P.M. Mitchell RAF (navigator) - survived injured (broken ankle)
Flying Officer Gordon Keith Horne (navigator, aged 28) - killed on active service 2/4/54
Squadron Leader J S Millington, DFC, Commanding Officer of 12 Squadron, RAF - killed on active service 2/4/54

Pilot Officer Reginald John Careless not only survived the crash of Canberra WF891. but upon return to duty was promoted to Flight Lt on 4/9/58 (backdated to 12/3/52 - over two years before the loss of Canberra WF891). The identity of the unfortunate occupant of the GCA caravan has not yet been discovered.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.157 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 41)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.48
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/206:
9. Headstone of Sqn Ldr J S Millington DFC:
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Revision history:

07-Jun-2008 12:25 JINX Added
04-Apr-2013 00:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2013 00:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants]
02-Oct-2013 06:45 alan watson Updated [Embed code]
04-Oct-2013 13:22 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
19-Oct-2018 14:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
08-Jan-2020 19:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 19:55 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative, Operator]
07-Apr-2020 17:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2020 21:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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