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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210145
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:13-DEC-1939
Time:day
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1c
Owner/operator:214 Squadron Royal Air Force (214 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R2699
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Methwold, near Feltwell, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Methwold, Feltwell, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Methwold, Feltwell, Norfolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.I R2699, 214 Squadron, RAF Methwold: Written off (destroyed) 13/12/39 when crashed on approach to RAF Methwold, Norfolk, on training flight. The aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames short of runway. All three crew on board were killed:

Pilot Officer William Leonard Colmer (pilot, Service Number 42473, aged 25) killed
Pilot Officer Rex Alan Russell-Forbes (Service Number 41743, aged 21) killed
L.A/C John Thomas Warriner (Service Number 615941, aged 24) killed

P/O Colmer and P/O Russell-Forbes had received their commissions on 10/6/39 and 4/3/39 respectively. Note that, although three crew were killed, the Aircraft Record Card (Air Ministry Form 1180) for this crash shows three killed but only names the two pilots. Hence several published sources overlook the loss of L.A/C Warriner (because he is not named) and state (incorrectly) that there were only two fatalities.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1980 page 18)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2763584/colmer,-william-leonard/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2763615/russell-forbes,-rex-alan/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2406631/warriner,-john-thomas/
6. http://www.214squadron.org.uk/Crews_and_losses_Wellington.htm
7. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-290-wellington-i-raf-methwold-2-killed-0
8. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?22366-Wellington-R2699-214-Sqn-13-December-1939


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Apr-2018 16:13 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Oct-2018 13:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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