Canberra T4 WJ861 (31/08/1954)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “On the night of 31st August 1954, RM Crawford carried out a “wheels up” landing in Canberra T4 WJ861.

The cause of the accident was the failure of the starboard undercarriage door sequence valve operating link which prevented the lowering of the starboard undercarriage.

The damage incurred included buckling of the nose wheel doors, damage to the underskin forward of the nose wheel doors, damage to the port flaps, slight damage around the accumulator stowage and buckling and damage to frames 12b and 13.

The aircraft has been placed CAT3 and a MU working party was due to start repair work on 30th September”