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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WT308

B(I).6 WT308 - Predannack Airfield (dumped), Cornwall

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Canberra B(I).6 WT308 at Predannack, 1st September 2010; Chris Globe

WT308 was built against a 1951 contract as a B(I).6 and was the second airframe of only 19 Canberras of this type - although one other, XG554, was added to the contract in 1954. The B(I).6 was an interim mark of Canberra produced as an Interdictor whilst the RAF awaited its B(I).8s. Essentially a B.6 airframe, the B(I).6s were modified to take a bomb-bay-fitted 4x20 mm gunpack and underwing pylons for bombs and rockets. The B(I).6 in RAF service served only with 213 Sqn in Germany, the first of the RAFG Night Intruder Squadrons formed at RAFG Alhorn in July 1955 and later moving to RAFG Bruggen.

WT308 was taken on to RAF charge in May/June 1955. However, with only enough time, possibly, for her acceptance servicing, she was transferred to the charge of the Royal Aircraft Establishment in December of the same year and so didn't actually see service with 213 Sqn.

She was recorded at RAE's Western Flight (at Farnborough) in 1975 at which time WT308 was painted all over white with pillar-box red nose and tail and the RAE badge on one side of the nose. Incidentally, WT308's companion aircraft on RAE's Western Flight included a Hawker Hunter T.7 - XL563.

WT308 was put in RAE store at Farnborourgh in October 1988 and languished there for a number of years before moving to Predannack where she is used by the Royal Navy for fire & rescue training. As you'd expect, being a fire training airframe, she is looking very sorry for herself, though has escaped actually being burnt.

Information on this page current as of 01/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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