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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21148
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:18 Squadron Royal Air Force (18 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WJ979
MSN: R3/EA3/6604
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire (SQZ/EGXP)
Destination airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire (SQZ/EGXP)
EE Canberra B.Mk.2 WJ979: Delivered 20/7/53. RAF Service with 18 Squadron (only). Written off 23/02/1954: Lost power and stalled on BABS approach to RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire. Flew into the ground one mile short of the runway, but all three crew survived

Crew of Canberra WJ979
Sergeant G N Griffiths
PIlot Officer P D J Ayres (Service Number 4066626)
Pilot Officer J K Randall (Service Number 4086658)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.154 ISBN 0-85130-290-4
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 64)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.36
4. 18 Squadron RAF ORB (Operations Record Book) (Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for February 1954: file AIR 27/2692/13 at

Revision history:

17-Jun-2008 12:01 JINX Added
09-Apr-2013 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Nov-2018 06:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
05-Apr-2020 23:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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