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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20660
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Date:08-JAN-1953
Time:Night
Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29A-50-BN Washington B 1
Owner/operator:90 Sqn, RAF
Registration: WF502
C/n / msn: 11371
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Llanarmon, 3.5 miles ESE of Ruthin, Denbighshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Narrative:
Boeing B-29A-50-BN Superfortress 44-61894: Delivered to the USAAF 28 June 1945. Modified to TB-29A and Assigned to 247th Army Air Force Base Unit, Smoky Hill AAF, Salina, Kansas. Damaged 30 July 1945 in a collision on the ground at Smoky Hill AAF, Kansas.

Repaired and re-Assigned to 9th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Group, Fort Worth AAF, Texas. Accident 26 Mar 1947 due to mechanical failure landing at Fort Worth AAF, Texas. Repaired and returned to service' re-Assigned to 98th Bomb Group, Spokane AFB, Washington.

To RAF as Washington B.1 WF502, and taken on charge on January 15, 1951. Assigned to 90 Squadron, RAF Marham; code "WP-O" (from April 1951 coded "O")

Written off (destroyed) 8 January 1953: The crew was performing a training sortie from RAF Marham. While cruising by night at an altitude of 19,000 feet, the pilot-in-command lost control of the airplane that went into a dive. While plunging into the earth at a height of 850 feet, the aircraft disintegrated in the air and eventually crashed in an open field located near Llanarmon-yn-Iāl, 3,5 miles East-South-East of Ruthin, Denbighshire.

The debris were found on an area more than five miles and all ten occupants have been killed. The crew was unable to send any sort of mayday message.

Crew of WF502:
Squadron Leader W.R. Sloane.
Pilot Officer C.B. Speller.
Pilot Officer M.J. Lightowler.
Sgt E.F. Wheeler.
Sgt K.A. Reakes.
Sgt R.F.S Anderson.
Sgt E.D. Pearton.
Sgt A.J. Martin.
Sgt M.J. Clifton.
Sgt R.G. Hughson.
R.I.P.

Wreckage recovered to No.34 MU (Maintenance Unit), RAF Stoke Heath where scrapped.
Cause: The exact cause of the accident could not be determined.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1985) .
2. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WF
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_4.html
4. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1953/archives/crash-of-a-boeing-b-29a-50-bn-washington-b-1-in-llanarmon-yn-ial-10-killed/
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/02817.php
6. http://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/314858-washington-bomber-crash-north-wales.html
7. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/7528535.stm

Boeing B-29A Washington B.1 WF502 90 Sqn RAF, Hooton Park 20 September 1952 Boeing B-29A Washington B.1 WF502 90 Sqn Hooton 20.09.52 edited-2

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jun-2008 15:09 JINX Added
06-Jun-2008 15:11 JINX Updated
11-Sep-2008 04:08 angels one five Updated
11-Sep-2008 23:23 angels one five Updated
10-May-2013 05:56 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 18:16 Nepa Updated [Operator]
29-Jun-2014 22:13 angels one five Updated [Operator, Nature]
28-Jun-2017 20:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Jun-2017 20:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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