A 207 Squadron Canberras Album

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B.2 WK102

WK102, shown here at Marham in the Winter of 1955, was on 'B' Flight.
It went to 75 Sqn RNZAF source: Jim Watts, 207 Sqn

Seen here on 75 Sqn at their base at Singapore, RAF Tengah, during an Operation Josstick,
with USAAF Canberras (B57) and the Australians with their B.20s: source RNZAF


Two of the crew of WK102 on 75 Sqn RNZAF in front of their aircraft after a wheels-up landing at Tengah on 3 Feb 1961.

It was noticed during an air test that a main wheel had failed to retract as the D-door had malfunctioned.

They had to circle for some time to burn off fuel and then make their wheels-up landing.

The navigator's hatch did not jettison cleanly and got entangled in his ejection seat.

sources RNZAF/Forever Strong, the story of 75 Sqn RNZAF 1916-1990, Norman Franks.

B.2 WH643

WH643 was stored until SOC 17.6.63
via Rick Kent

207 Squadron visit to Skegness 1954

Names please
image: via Steve Crowther

Marham Sports Day, 1954 or 1955

L-R: Derek Harland, F/Sgt Riley, ?F/Sgt WH Grant, Terry Grewcock, Bert Conchie,
+Peter Gibbs (CO), +Dave Crowther: note 207 lion on chariot
source: Terry Grewcock

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Steve Crowther 04/02/08: David Hallam Crowther joined the RAF after leaving school and attended RAFC Cranwell. Following ITS at RAF Jurby, he was posted to 207 Squadron, RAF Marham in March of 1954, where, as a Pilot Officer he flew Canberras.

In August of 1954 he was posted to 138 Squadron at RAF Gaydon as a Flying Officer (Navigator). 138 Squadron subsequently transferred to 49 squadron, based at RAF Wittering, which is where he trained on the new Vickers Valiant.

In March 1957 49 Squadron were sent to Christmas Island as part of Operation Grapple; he was a member of the crew of Vickers Valiant XD283 that dropped the second “H” thermonuclear bomb near Christmas Island (Kiritimati) in the South Pacific on May 31, 1957.

In the late 50s, 60s and 70s as a Flight Lieutenant, he travelled all over the world for various squadrons (81, 58 and 57) on various postings and missions.

On 24 March 1975 whilst stationed once again at RAF Marham, in a mid air refuelling exercise over the North Sea, the Victor Tanker he and his co-crew where flying was involved in a collision with a Buccaneer. Of the five man crew, David was one of four fatalities. The Co-pilot managed to eject. The Buccaneer was undamaged and returned to base.

His name is on the National Armed Forces Memorial at Alrewas.


Bert Conchie in Malta: image via Steve Crowther

Canberra B.2 era

Terry & Jean Grewcock's Wedding 6 August 1955, Bracebridge Heath

L-R: F/Sgt 'Steve' Stevenson, F/O Ron Edwin-Scott, F/O Ken 'Kiwi' O'Rourke, F/O 'Mo' Gamester
F/O Terry Grewcock, Mrs Jean Grewcock
F/O Dave Crowther, F/O Phil Steele, F/O Bruce Sheppard, F/O Trevor Thorpe, F/O Bert Conchie
Courtesy Terry & Jean Grewcock:

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page last updated 15 July 2008