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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 243454
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Date:26-JAN-1963
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster MR.Mk VII
Owner/operator:Flottille 25F, Escradrille 9S, Aéronavale
Registration: WU-21/F-YCIC
MSN: NX664
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mata Utu, Wallis-et-Futuna -   Wallis and Futuna
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tontouta, New Caledonia
Destination airport:Mata Utu, Wallis-et-Futuna
Narrative:
Avro Lancaster Mk.VII WU-21/F-YCIC: Ex-RAF Lancaster NX664. No wartime operational history - delivered to (and stored by) 30 & 32 MU RAF St. Athan. One of 22 aircraft sold to to the French Aeronavale Air Force, registered as WU-21/F-YCIC and was delivered August 1952. Aeronavale Service Flottille: 11F, 24F, 25F Escradrille: 9S, 52S, 55S

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 26-1-63 when force landed on a grass airstrip at Mata Utu in the Wallis Islands. According to an official posting by the Lancaster's current owners (see link #6):

"Beginning 1962 the Lancaster undergoes a complete overhaul by the UAT Le Bourget Company and then on November 9 1962, joins 9 S Squadron in Tontouta, New Caledonia, coded WU-21.

On January 26 1963, WU-21 crashed while landing at Wallis and ended up at the end of the runway. Too old to be repaired, as the Lancasters were being replaced with Neptunes, it was neglected for 19 years, suffering from storm and cyclone damage of the region and from vandalism by the natives and collectors".

The aircraft was abandoned where it landed until May 1984, when it was belatedly salvaged, and taken to Le Bourget, Paris the only ex-Aeronavale Lancaster to be preserved. Currently under restoration to original wartime configuration at St. Mande, France.

Sources:

1. Avro Lancaster 1945-1965: In British, Canadian and French Military Service By Martin Derry, Neil Robinson p.49
2. The Lancaster File (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985)
3. https://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/aircraft/the-worlds-surviving-lancasters/
4. https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/134588-lancaster-nx664-restoration
5. webpage on restroation of Lancaster WU-21: http://aalebourget.fr/category/lancaster/
6. Official history of this Lancaster (by the current owners): http://aalebourget.fr/lancaster-wu-21/
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_Avro_Lancasters
8. The restoration of Avro Lancaster NX664 at Le Bourget: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shuttleworthpix/albums/72157628034482768/
9. http://www.pictaero.com/en/pictures/picture,47206
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Utu

Media:

Rear fuselage of Lancaster WU-21/F-YCIC (ex-NX664) undergoing restoration on 19-9-2015: Avro Lancaster WU21 - AALB - 2 Avro Lancaster WU21 - AALB - 1 Avro Lancaster WU21 - AALB - 3

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Sep-2020 15:53 TB Added
08-Jun-2021 19:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2021 19:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Jun-2021 19:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
08-Jun-2021 22:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Embed code, Narrative]

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