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    Hi all,

    Not quite the usual timespan of this board i know, but as help has been forthcoming on other post-war crashes from you all, i'm hoping that someone might be able to help out with this one.

    100 Squadron Canberra WH667 crashed in early November 1980 on Akrotiri. I have neither an exact date, or more importantly, the names of the crew.

    Can anyone help?

    Many thanks in advance as always,

    Greg
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    Greg,
    Sorry, can't answer yr Q - but good to see you back (new engines behaving themselves?). Presume you have been invalided since the Taffs won, not only The Triple Crown (V important) but also the Grand Slam (not so important).
    Yrs Aye
    Peter Davies

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    Modifying my Google search has given me a date of 5th of November 1980, and two crew: -

    Pilot - Sqn/Ldr Paddy Thompson, killed
    Nav - F/O Mark Wray, ejected but killed

    Apparently the cause of the crash was an engine exploding on take-off.

    Can anyone confirm if there was a third man on board?

    L/O

    Greg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    Greg,
    Sorry, can't answer yr Q - but good to see you back (new engines behaving themselves?). Presume you have been invalided since the Taffs won, not only The Triple Crown (V important) but also the Grand Slam (not so important).
    Yrs Aye
    Peter Davies
    Hello Peter!! Yes, loving the new engines thanks mate, they really are the ultimate "boys toy" for those of us who don't leave the ground in our jobs!! Copy and paste

    http://www.greg-harrison.co.uk/albums/greg/IMG_1706.sized.jpg

    for a photo of me looking very smug at the controls of one of my new mounts!!

    And yes, last weekend was a rather drunken affair as you can imagine!! I think that the big difference this year was that we played hard and well to win the Slam, unlike 2005 when to a degree we won it because everyone else was playing a good deal below par. I think the autumn tests against the All Blacks, the Wallabies and the Sprinbox are going to be a good indication of our ability as an international side over the long term. Gatland is being trteated like a hero here at the moment though, as is Edwards (Welsh name there, see boyo!!) the defence coach.

    See my post above for an update on my question - modifying my search yielded some gen, but i suspect i'm now missing the name of a third crewman....

    L/O

    Greg
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    Quote Originally Posted by greg View Post
    Modifying my Google search has given me a date of 5th of November 1980, and two crew: -

    Pilot - Sqn/Ldr Paddy Thompson, killed
    Nav - F/O Mark Wray, ejected but killed

    Apparently the cause of the crash was an engine exploding on take-off.

    Can anyone confirm if there was a third man on board?

    L/O

    Greg
    Greg,

    Colin Cummings' Lost to Service' gives similar details:

    7 Nov 80, WH667, Canberra B2, 100 Sqn, RAF Akrotiri, 2 killed
    Crashed following engine explosion on take off and subsequent loss of control.
    Sqn Ldr George Wilson THOMPSON, Pilot
    Fg Off Mark WRAY, Navigator

    No mention of a third crew member.

    Errol

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    Brilliant Errol, many thanks indeed for the clarification.

    I was watching your countryman Justin Marshall play for the Ospreys against Saracens earlier on today. He had a good game, but i think we need to try and break him before the autumn internationals!!

    Thanks again Errol,

    L/O

    Greg
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    Hello Greg
    Broken Wings by J Halley also confirms:-
    7 Nov 80, WH667, Canberra B2, 100 Sqn, RAF Akrotiri, Engine blew up on take off, rolled and hit ground. 2 killed
    Regards
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg View Post
    Brilliant Errol, many thanks indeed for the clarification.

    I was watching your countryman Justin Marshall play for the Ospreys against Saracens earlier on today. He had a good game, but i think we need to try and break him before the autumn internationals!!

    Thanks again Errol,

    L/O

    Greg
    Greg,

    If our lovely ex-Canterbury lad should come to harm over there...just be warned we have been building up a crop of new Justin Marshalls as replacements! (Seen the Crusaders in action, lately?!)

    Errol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Errol Martyn View Post
    Greg,

    If our lovely ex-Canterbury lad should come to harm over there...just be warned we have been building up a crop of new Justin Marshalls as replacements! (Seen the Crusaders in action, lately?!)

    Errol

    That's fighting talk in these parts you know Errol - you're familiar with our man Mike Phillips aren't you?! And while he's picking a fight with your backs our new national hero Shane Williams will be nipping between their legs to score another try *winks*

    As it happens i was watching the Crusaders on cable here the other night - you have a fair collection of bruisers there Errol and no mistake!!

    L/O

    Greg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Ingham View Post
    Hello Greg
    Broken Wings by J Halley also confirms:-
    7 Nov 80, WH667, Canberra B2, 100 Sqn, RAF Akrotiri, Engine blew up on take off, rolled and hit ground. 2 killed
    Regards
    Andy
    Brilliant Andy, many thanks indeed for the added provenance. Everyone here who has responded has given me a date of the 7th of November, and that date is confirmed by the records for the two men killed on forcesmemorial.org. When i did a Google search i got a date of the 5th of November, but as every other source has given the 7th, that's the date i'm going to go with :)

    Thanks again Andy, i owe you a beer. Again :D

    L/O

    Greg
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    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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