Accident English Electric Canberra B Mk 2 WE117, Monday 13 January 1958
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Date:Monday 13 January 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
English Electric Canberra B Mk 2
Owner/operator:32 MU RAF
Registration: WE117
MSN: 71080
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Llangennech, 3 miles ENE of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF St. Athan, Glamorgan
Destination airport:RAF St. Athan, Glamorgan
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
EE Canberra B.2 WE117: Delivered 27/5/1952. Sole operational service career was with 231 OCU RAF Bassingbourn.

Written off 13/1/1958: Engine failed on air test, dived into ground at Llangennech, 3 miles East North-East of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire. The aircraft was on an air test flight after maintenance, but nothing was heard from the pilot after take off. The Canberra was seen to fly over Garn Goch at about 500 feet, when the engine note faded. The aircraft then made a slight turn to starboard, The starboard wing dropped, and then aircraft dived steeply into the ground. The cause of the accident is thought to have been due to the aircraft stalling, and/or engine problems.

Flight Lieutenant James Turnbull WALLACE AFC, RAF (pilot, aged 35, Service Number 171761) - killed on active service 13/1/1958, buried at Llantwit Major Cemetery


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Revision history:

03-Jun-2008 23:20 JINX Added
02-Dec-2008 10:27 Anon. Updated
03-Apr-2013 23:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2015 02:52 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Narrative]
01-Jun-2015 20:58 Tu144 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
30-Aug-2020 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2023 20:26 Nepa Updated

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