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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192568
Last updated: 7 September 2019
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Date:05-JAN-1940
Time:15:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk I
Owner/operator:224 Squadron Royal Air Force (224 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N7250
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:RAF St Athan, Glamorgan
Destination airport:RAF Prestwick, Ayrshire
Narrative:
On 5 January 1940 the Hudson I N7250 (QX-X) of 224 Squadron RAF overshot on landing at the end of a transit flight from St Athan to Prestwick, Ayrshire, opened the throttle with flaps fully extended, stalled and hit the ground at 15:05 hrs. The aircraft was destroyed and four airmen were injured. They were:

Pilot Officer A P Davis (pilot)
Sergeant J Gosling,
Aircraftman E Pearce,
Corporal E Graham

On 29 September 1939 a Do.18, K6+RK, of 2./Ku.Fl.Gr.506 was engaged in a fight with Hudson N7250 of 224 Squadron, over the North Sea. The Hudson crew believed that they had killed the front gunner of the Dornier during the fight, but in fact no-one was injured and the flying boat made good its escape with only minor damage from five bullets.

It is notable that the official report file into the accident is closed to the public - and is thus unavailable for researchers - for 82 years, until 1 January 2023. The reasons are stated at "Exemption 1: Personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party" and "Exemption 2: Information provided in confidence"

Sources:

1. "Coastal Command losses of the Second World War, vol 1. Aircraft and Crews losses 1939-1941", by Ross McNeill, ISBN 1-85780-128-8
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1771
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?23493-AIR81-File-Listings/page2&styleid=3


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jan-2017 05:06 Laurent Rizzotti Added
27-Apr-2019 04:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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