The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “F/L Stirrup had brake failure whilst taxying at Khartoum resulting in the aircraft running into a barbed wire fence. Slight damage was done to a main wheel undercarriage door. Replacements were flown out, the aircraft repaired and the lone ranger continued”
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Towards the end of July, Canberra WJ628 was placed unserviceable and on inspection the fore and aft floor beams and roof of the nose wheel compartment were found to be cracked and buckled with some roof rivets pulling. The aircraft was placed CAT3 but on a further inspection more damage was revealed which will entail the changing of the nose portion of the aircraft. During the last week of August WJ628 was therefore placed CAT4 and it is due to be returned to the English Electric Company for the nose portion to be changed”
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”
Boeing B-29 [Washington] WF495 was being flown back to the USA at the end of the lease agreement on 26th January 1954
Its crew comprised:
- Richard Norman Williams (Pilot)
- Arthur Kenneth Passmore (Pilot)
- Robert Arthur Kirkland (Navigator)
- Michael John Kennell (Navigator)
- Gerald William Clamp (Signaller)
- Bernard Walter Noble (Engineer)
- George Johnston (Gunner)
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “At 23.42 hours on Monday 25th January 1954 Flt. Lt. Williams took off from Prestwick en-route for the Azores. At approximately 00.24 hours an R/T message was received from Flt. Lt. Williams stating that he was experiencing “fuselage vibration and severe icing” and that he was turning on to an easterly heading. At 00.27 hours a further garbled message was received which sounded like “baling out” which was the last message received from WF495. Flt. Lt. Williams and crew are believed to have either baled out or ditched in the Morecambe Bay area. Aircraft from this station took off the following morning and assisted in the search until 28.01.1954 but with no success. The search has been called off and Flt. Lt. Williams and crew are posted as missing”
AM Form 1180
The AM Form 1180 shows “The aircraft proceeding from Prestwick to the Azores climbed to 12,000ft and pilot reported he was in IFR conditions over Isle of Man. A further call was received stating that severe vibrations were being experienced and icing was suspected. A few minutes later the pilot stated he was changing course and reducing height to 8,000ft owing to heavy icing. This was followed by a “bale out” message and no further contact was made with the aircraft. Parts of the wreckage found established that aircraft crashed into the sea” All crew were lost.