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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138414
Last updated: 10 April 2021
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Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk III
Owner/operator:102 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8996
C/n / msn: AWA.1449
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Catterick, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Wick, Caithness
No.41 Sqn was moving from Catterick to Wick. The 12 Spitfires took off, to be followed by a Whitley of 102 Sqn carrying the ground party of five 41 Sqn personnel. The Whitley had crew of four.

Stores were also being transported to Wick in the bomber. The Whitley took off and after climbing to about 10ft pitched up into an extreme climb, stalled at about 100ft, and dived into the aerodrome, exploding. All 4 crew members died as well as 3 of the 41 Sqn passengers. Two of the passengers survived with serious injuries.

Pilot - Sgt Herbert John Gaut RAF (Service Number 562936). Buried Sidbury Church Cemetery, Devon.
Pilot/Navigator - Pilot Officer Reginald Arthur Morton Luckman RAF (Service Number 39744, aged 27). Buried Herne Bay Cemetery.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner - AC.2 Charles Paterson RAF (Service Number 620054, aged 22) of Aberdeen. Buried Grove Cemetery, Aberdeen.
Passenger - AC.1 John Baker Clark RAF (Service Number 567489, aged 20). of Corringham, Essex. Buried Corringham Cemetery, Thurrock, Essex.
Passenger - Sgt Arthur Vincent RAF (Service Number 560443, aged 30), of Humbledon, Sunderland. Member of 41 Sqaudron, RAF. Buried Southwick Cemetery, Sunderland.
Passenger - Sgt Albert Harris RAF (563150, aged 27), of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Pilot from 41 Squadron, Buried South Hinksey Churchyard.
Passenger/Wireless Operator-Mechanic - AC1 Horace Jones RAF (Service Number 533682) (41 Squadron). Buried Droylsden Cemetery, Lancashire.
Passenger, occupying rear turret - Sgt Donald E Gibbs, slightly injured.
Passenger - Corporal W Jenkinson, seriously injured.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976, page 75)

Revision history:

08-Sep-2011 03:50 angels one five Added
30-Dec-2011 15:25 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jan-2012 15:05 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
31-May-2013 16:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
23-Jul-2013 08:44 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
10-Oct-2013 08:27 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature]
17-Dec-2013 17:31 Nepa Updated [Operator]
05-Mar-2014 06:41 Nepa Updated [Operator]
23-Dec-2014 23:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Jan-2016 23:29 JINX Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
19-Jan-2016 18:00 Opietz Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
16-Dec-2016 03:03 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
23-Apr-2018 19:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source]
24-Jun-2018 01:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2018 20:13 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Source]

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