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Canberra B(I)8 Gallery - 4
( The pictures are sorted in aircraft serial number order which continues from Galleries 1, 2 & 3)
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B(I)8 - XM264
(Photo - Les Bywaters)

The only preserved complete B(I)8 in Europe!

XM264 stands in Peter Junior's Aeropark at Hermeskeil, Germany and shows the ravages of extended outside storage. The once green/grey camouflage turns to a dirty brown/light grey after prolonged exposure to the wind and rain.
A potted history of this aircraft is given on its Survior page - see


B(I)8 - XM267
(Photo : Jack Long - ex3Sqn)

XM267 is shown here in 3 Sqn colours at RAF Akrotiri in 1965. Fitted with a gunpack it is on its way to El Adam and then the range at Idris from its base at RAFG Gielenkirchen. This B(I)8 didn't have a very varied career. Built in 1958 and ready for collection on 31 October of that year, it was first issued to 16 Sqn at RAFG Laarbruch. Later XM267 transferred to the charge of 3 Sqn and flew with them until it crashed at Akrotiri on 15 December 1970 - Cat 5 damage, both crew killed as well as a Safety Equipment worker on a flight. It was eventually struck off charge on 1 April 1971. Interesting to note the continued use of large white serial numbers combined with a low-demarcation line of the silver underside.


B(I)8 - XM268
(Photo : Author's Archive)

This Canberra was ready for collection on 12 December 1958 entering service with 16 Sqn at RAFG Laarbruch. It was later transferred to 3 Sqn - then also at RAFG Laarbruch) and ended its service life with that squadron. When 3 Sqn lost its B(I)8s re-equipping with the Harrier, XM268 was flown to RAF St Athan. It was declared Non Effective Aircraft in March 1973 and ended its days at the Fire Fighting School at RAF Catterick. XM268 is shown here in 16 Sqn markings.
During its time with 16 Sqn it visited RAFG Bruggen, away from home! It went u/s there for an engine change after 16 Sqn took part in a bombing competition with 213 Sqn at the Nordhorn range. Bruggen was the home of 213 Sqn with their B(I)6 Canberras, XM268 was 16 Sqn B(I)8 from RAFG Laarbruch. This enforced stay of a B(I)8 at Bruggen, and the good-natured rivalry between the "8" squadron and the "6" squadron, prompted the 213 guys not only to "zap" their rival with their famous "Hornet" badge, but also to paint a pithy
poem on the port engine cover


B(I)8 - XM270
(Photo - Author's Archive)

Awaiting collection on 12 December 1958, this B(I)8 first entered service with 88 Sqn and was with them when they re-numbered to 14 Sqn at RAFG Wildenrath. It is shown here in 14 Sqn markings.

On 5 June 1966 XM270 crashed on approach to RAFG Gutersloh suffering Cat 5 damage and killing one of the crew. It was struck off charge the same day.


B(I)8 - XM271
(Photo - 3 Sqn Archives)

Built in 1958, this B(I)8 first entered service with 59 Sqn and was with them when they re-numbered to 3 Sqn at RAFG Gielenkirchen, it is shown here in 3 Sqn markings. XM271 was used for trial installations of PTR175 at Marshalls of Cambridge in 1965 before returning to Germany and further service with 3 Sqn. Eventually, as with nearly all the B(I)8s, it was transferred to 16 Sqn at RAFG Laarbruch. The accompanying pictures (click below) were taken after it had been allocated the Ground Instructional number of 8204M. XM271 served as a ground instructional aircraft until 1981 when the fuselage was moved to PEE Foulness. It was sold as scrap in 1990.

A larger image is here. A different large view is here.

B(I)8 - XM272
(Photo - Via MAR)

Ready for collection on 5 January 1959, this B(I)8 first entered service with Station Flight at RAFG Wildenrath. Shortly it was transferred to the charge of 88 Sqn at Wildenrath and stayed with them when 88 was re-numbered to 14 Sqn. It is shown here at Luqa in 88 Sqn markings with the snake on the fin. In 1963 XM272 was loaned to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment for two 10-day periods (July 1963 and August 1963), purpose not known. It returned to service with 14 Sqn on 26 August 1963 and remained with the squadron until they stood down in June 1970. As with nearly all the B(I)8s, it was then transferred to 16 Sqn at RAFG Laarbruch. XM272 was Struck off Charge on 20 June 1972 and eventually wound up as a Fire Fighting airframe at RAF Marham.


B(I)8 - XM273
(Courtesy of the Adrian M Balch Collection)

XM273 entered service in 1959 with 88 Sqn at RAFG Wildenrath reamining with them when they re-numbered to 14 Sqn in December 1962. It was next transferred to 3 Sqn, then at, RAFG Laarbruch probably when 14 Sqn stood down in June 1970. In 1972 when 3 Sqn converted to Harriers, XM273 was flown to RAF St Athan where it was declared Non-Effecive Aircraft on 30 June 1972.

Shown here in 3 Sqn markings (coded 'H') at RAFG Laarbruch on 2 June 1971.

Sold to Marshalls of Cambridge, XM273 was converted to B(I)68 for Peru. It was test flown as 'G-52' and delivered to Fuerza Aerea Peruana on 25 November 1975 as 253.


B(I)8 - XM274
(Via Rick Kent)

XM274 entered service in 1959 by joining the Station Flight at RAFG Bruggen. After a two years or so, it was transferred to the charge of then newly re-formed 3 Sqn at RAFG Geilenkirchen (after January 1961). XM274 moved to RAFG Laarbruch with 3 Sqn (January 1968) and was eventually transferred to the charge of the resident 16 Sqn. It was struck off charge on 24 August 1971, alloted the ground instructional number 8170M and became a decoy aircraft at Laarbruch.


B(I)8 - XM275
(Via Ken Delve)

One of 3 Sqn's B(I)8s on a typical low-level exercise over Germany in the mid 1960s - 360kts at 250 feet! At this time, RAFG's B(I)8 squadrons (and 213 Sqn with its B(I)6s) were roled for ground attack and strike missions. Ground attack meant the Canberra was fitted with the four-gun Boulton Paul gun-pack in the bomb bay. Strike missions were esentially nuclear with the RAFG Canberras loaded with a US device for delivery by the infamous LABS method. Used in armament trials in 1963, XM275 went on to serve with 16 Sqn at RAFG Laarbruch. This was yet another Canberra that ended its days ignominiously being used for fire-fighting practice at RAF Wattisham.

Another fine photo of XM275 is here.

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