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Training Ethiopian Canberra pilots at RAF Manby and Bassingbourn

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  • nazca_steve
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2006
    • 167

    Training Ethiopian Canberra pilots at RAF Manby and Bassingbourn

    Hello all. This is a long shot, but was anyone here (or knows someone) that was with 231 OCU at Bassingbourn back in the late 1960s? I'm specifically looking for anyone that remembered training four Ethiopian pilots on the Canberra. In particular, do they remember the tall pilot, Amha Desta (photo below), that was rejected from the course after it was discovered he was too tall for a safe ejection?

    Or anyone that was at RAF Manby and remembers training them on Jet Provosts. Both cases would have been late 1967 and into 1968. I'd be grateful for anyone that has memories to share on this topic!
  • Wyvernfan
    • Oct 2007
    • 5858

    The 231 OCU Canberra that came to grief off the runway at Waddington whilst apparently being flown by an Ethiopian crew was WH944. Here is a photo of its rear fuselage.
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    • Relightflynn9
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jun 2003
      • 353

      Well our JP XS186 was at Manby in 1967 / 68. I have several log book extracts from the three or four pilots that flew her around that period. I can check to see if theres any reference to nationality of students, though I dont recall anything except occasional references to Royal Navy (RN) etc......
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      • l.garey
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Feb 2006
        • 1948

        Nazca_steve: I asked a friend who did his Canberra conversion at Bassingbourn mid to late 1967, and he has no recollection of Ethiopian colleagues. Sorry for a negative so far!



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