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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21018
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 B.2
Owner/operator:109 Squadron Royal Air Force (109 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WH656
MSN: 71129
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Scampton (SQZ/EGXP)
EE Canberra WH656: Delivered 17/11/52. RAF service with 139 Squadron and 109 Squadron, RAF respectively

Written off (destroyed) 23.8.1954: The pilot attempted to overshoot his final approach to RAF Scampton, having discovered that he had approached the "wrong" runway. He opened up the throttles rapidly, but the port engine did not respond. The pilot then lost control of the aircraft at low speed and low altitude, when in an asymmetric configuration, and the aircraft dived into the ground. Both crew were killed

Crew of Canberra WH656:
Flying Officer David Chalmers RAF (pilot, aged 21)
Flying Officer Kenneth Reginald Edgeley (navigator, aged 23)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.162 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 73)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.83
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/228:

Revision history:

12-Jun-2008 19:41 JINX Added
04-Apr-2013 20:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 20:49 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
03-Dec-2017 17:59 Anon. Updated [Departure airport]
16-Oct-2018 19:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
07-Jan-2020 19:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Apr-2020 23:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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