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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22155
Last updated: 6 April 2019
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Date:02-APR-1940
Time:22:40
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:77 Sqn RAF
Registration: N1368
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Driffield, Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Driffield
Narrative:
On 2 April 1940 the Whitley V N1368 KN-K of 77 Sqn RAF overshot on landing at Driffield airfield at 22.40hrs following a low level bombing practice. It ran through the boundary fence after the pilot attempted to apply the brakes on wet grass, this did not stop the aircraft in time. The aircraft skidded through boundary fence, across a road and into a field. It was recovered by 60 MU on 3rd April but was deemed beyond repair and written off. The aircraft was being flown by a 102 Squadron crew at the time of this accident.

The crew information detailed below was found on the internet and has yet to be confirmed by viewing the ORB:
Plt Off Kenneth N Gray DFC, Czech War Cross (pilot, RAF (40342), of Christchurch, New Zealand)
Sgt John H Hopper (pilot, RAF (518878), of Doncaster, Yorkshire)
Sgt Frederick J Bass (observer, RAF (580902), of Muswell Hill, London)
AC1 Alfred W Henry Hart (wireless operator, RAF (632176), of Richmond, Surrey)
AC2 George Main (air gunner, RAF (632772))

Whitley N1368 was built to contract 75147/38 by Armstrong Whitworth Ltd. at Baginton and delivered to 102 Squadron at Driffield in September 1939. On an unspecified date it transferred to 77 Squadron also based at Driffield. Following the mishap above Cat. W/FA damaged was recorded after it was inspected by 60 MU the following day. It was struck off charge and it is believed to have become a ground instructional airframe, but its new identity is not yet known.

Sources:

http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/n1368.html
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/apr40.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Driffield
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=53.994722&lon=-0.486389&z=14&m=w


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Aug-2008 09:55 Anon. Added
09-May-2013 07:35 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
19-Jul-2017 09:58 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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