Royal Air Force English Electric Canberra B.1(8) WT346
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Operator: Royal Air Force - WT346
Aircraft: English Electric - Canberra B.1(8)
Airport: UK - England - Cosford - RAF Museum (EGWC)
Photo taken on 1983-8- by Wallace Shackleton [Contact]
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(29.12.2009, 13:16 CET)
Built in 1955, WT346 was delivered to the newly formed 88 Sqd (RAFG Wildenrath) in 1956. It flew with 88 for a number of years before being loaned to the Ministry of Aircraft for use by A&AEE in Electromagnetic Compatibility tests. These lasted just two months then WH346 was returned to 88 Sqd at Wildenrath. This B(I)8 became a 14 Sqd aircraft when 88 Sqd was disbanded and re-numbered as 14 Sqd at RAFG Wildenrath in December 1962. WT346 was later transferred to 3 Sqd at RAFG Geilenkirchen and then again to 16 Sqd at RAFG Laarbruch. When 16 Sqd lost its Canberras in 1972, WH346 was allocated the "Ground" number of 8197M and struck off RAF charge. It was moved to the Museum at RAF Colerne in June 1972 where it stayed until being moved to the RAF Cosford Aerospace Museum in 1976. Eventually it was sold-off to a London scrap dealer. It is now thought to be with the RNZAF Muesum at Christcurch, NZ. Scanned from a Agfa 64 slide