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Date Posted: 30/10/05 11:20:25
Author: Les
Subject: Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri
In reply to: stan hutchinson 's message, "Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri" on 30/10/05 1:08:30

Yes, the Canberra was WD995 and the Javelin was XH906. Collison happened on 26 Oct 1961 during pratice interception.

That Canberra was a B.2, the subject of this thread is a B(I)8 from 3 Sqn. Pretty sure now about the details but would still be interested in anyone unearthing a post to any forum by an eyewitness.


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[> [> [> Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri -- Terry Moore, 25/02/11 21:18:47

Hi all!

We were on detachment from RAF Laarbruch with 4 B(I)8 Canberra`s of 3Sqn. The crash happened in front of our eye`s as 2 Canberra`s came in to land after a sortie over the sea at RAF Akrotiri(Cyprus), and the 2nd. Canberra was caught in the slipstream of the first Canberra and cartwheeld into the runway. 2 crew and passenger were killed. Crew were F/O Ellis and F/O MacMillan, Passenger was SAC Kim Petty-Fitzmaurice safety equipment on a "joy-ride".

I personally was present.
J/T Terry Moore Nav.Inst. 3Sqn. RAF Laarbruch - Akrotiri.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri -- Ian Wilson, 19/10/11 13:38:56

Interesting comments especially yours I was on the same detachment on 3sqdn. Kim slept in the same room as myself. I was planning to go on this flight. It crashed across from the Air Traffic building into an area which was not easily acessable barbed wire etc. We lost 6 members of 3 sqdn in a short period 3 in the Canberrs crash and 3 in 2 different motor accidents.
XM267 the aircraft in question was my aircraft for the first 2 weeks as an Airframe man. The previous night it ended up on another pan. Not a nice accident to watch as the cockpit area was complete after the crasg but was consumed by the post crash wire. The boss had warned the young guns about flying too close and getting Jet wash over the flight controls, sadly this happened. I left the RAF in 1972 and since been employed by various manufacturers(Fokker and Boeing)and different Dutch airlines in an Engineering capacity.
Ian Wilson, Martinair Engineering Amsterdam

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[> [> [> Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri -- Phillip E Sillick. MBE, 1/12/13 21:22:05

We were 73 Sqdn. and had just finished night flying. We were heading back to the mess for food before turning IN for the night. It seems the Canberra was flying in one direction (B2 of 32 Sqdn) whilst the Javelin (Believed to be of 33 Sqdn, on detchment) was in the Canberra's reciprical. The collision was over the runway or there abouts, both aircraft fell onto the Salt Lake. It was understood that the rear Nav of the Javelin managed to eject successfully. All members of 32, 13,73 & 6 Sqdns were stunned by this dreadful accident

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