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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22165
Last updated: 21 August 2018
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Date:24-OCT-1940
Time:22:10
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:102 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P5073
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Myton on Swale, 4 miles NW of RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Linton on Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth AW.38 Whitley Mk.V P5073 (DY-D) of 102 (Ceylon) Squadron RAF. Destroyed on combat operations 24/10/40. The aircraft took off at 22:02 hourrs, Fw Hans Hahn of III/NJG2 shot down aircraft just after take off. Three of the crew of five were killed:

Pilot Officer A.G.Davies (pilot) injured
42759 Pilot Officer Thomas Russell Murfitt RAF (pilot from New Zealand) killed
391870 Sgt Ian Cowie Scoular RNZAF (observer) killed
624190 Sgt Angus Wilson RAF (wireless operator) injured
43162 Pilot Officer Terrance Edward Lee RAF (air gunner) (Died of injuries sustained 02/11/40)

The aircraft crashed close to the main Thirsk to York railway line, the pilot used his hands to put out the fire which had taken hold in his wireless operator's hair, he also attempted to free the rear gunner but because of the intense heat he was forced to give up the rescue attempt when the bomb load began to explode. Both pilot and wireless operator then took shelter on the railway embankment.

The rear gunner then managed to free himself and despite his injuries was able to make his way to the railway embankment to shelter. Sadly the other two crew were killed in the incident. An Army unit stationed nearby arrived at the crash scene and treated the three airmen for their injuries before being taken to York Military Hospital.

NOTE: Some published sources give the crash location as "North Carolina Farm, Tholthorpe, near Easingwold, 3/4 mile north of Alne railway station."

Sources:

1. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-v-myton-swale-3-killed
2. https://backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/whitley/23106-P50731940-10-25.html
3. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/p5073.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Aug-2008 23:22 Anon. Added
20-Dec-2012 13:50 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
31-May-2013 16:17 Nepa Updated [Operator]
18-Mar-2018 00:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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