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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21141
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 T Mk 4
Owner/operator:231 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (231 OCU RAF)
Registration: WJ871
MSN: EEP/71349
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Washingley, 2 miles west of Stilton, Huntingdonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
EE Canberra T.4 WJ871, 231 OCU, RAF: Written off 14/02/1956 - Dived into the ground near Washingley, two miles west of Stilton, Huntingdonshire, killing both crew, after the tailplane actuator malfunctioned, pushing the Canberra nose-down into an unrecoverable dive. A large crater was left in the field where the aircraft impacted, and debris was scattered over a wide area. Both crew killed.

Crew of Canberra WJ871:
Flight Lieutenant Herbert James Brice, RAF (Navigator, Service Number 924325, aged 36) - killed on active service 24/2/56, buried at St, Mary's Parish Cemetery, Old Bletchley, Buckinghamshire
Flying Officer Jason Spokes, RAF (Pilot, Service Number 3046036 aged 27) - killed on active service 24/2/56, buried at Bassingbourn Cemetery, Royston, Hertfordshire

The crash location was near Washingley is a small hamlet in Cambridgeshire, England. Washingley lies approximately 7 miles (11 km) south-west of Peterborough, near Folksworth. Washingley is in the civil parish of Folksworth and Washingley. Washingley is situated within Huntingdonshire which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire as well as being a historic county of England, at approximate co-ordinates 52.488N 0.331W


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.178 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 63)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.182
4. Wings Over Somerset: Aircraft Crashes since the End of World War II By Peter Forrester
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/326:
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/34/S2807:

Revision history:

17-Jun-2008 10:44 JINX Added
21-Jan-2012 17:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2013 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 21:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Jan-2020 01:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 14:34 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]
11-Jun-2020 23:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Jun-2020 08:23 MIG29 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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