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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172470
Last updated: 2 October 2020
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Time:01:00 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:20 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (20 OTU RAF)
Registration: MF553
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bunker Hill about 1 mile east of Consett, County Durham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)
Destination airport:
Thursday, 25th/Friday, 26th May 1944: Wellington X MF553 "JM-F" of 20 OTU, RAF, with a crew from the Free French Air Force, left Lossiemouth for a night cross-country exercise, during which they encountered severe icing at 15,000ft. They descended to 7,000ft but conditions did not improve, and the crew were ordered to prepare to abandon the aircraft.

However the captain felt a slight improvement in the aircraft handling so he attempted a landing at what he thought was an airfield. In fact he came down at a place called Bunker Hill about 1 mile east of Consett in County Durham. Four of the crew died in the crash and subsequent fire, and three were injured, but not seriously

The four crew killed (and the three survivors) were:

Captain. RICHARD - killed
Lieutenant. BLOT - killed
Lieutenant. VLES - survived
Sgt. Fishbach - killed
Sgt. Allain - survived
Sgt. Soury-Lavergne - survvied.
Lieutenant. PONTOON - killed

The four killed were buried at Harrogate Cemetary on May 30, 1944, Father MEURISSE, chaplain officiating.



Revision history:

23-Dec-2014 21:36 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Dec-2014 21:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Apr-2015 20:43 Victor I Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
02-Oct-2020 09:02 TigerTimon Updated [Date]

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