ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 237787
Last updated: 9 September 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:16-NOV-1940
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF
Owner/operator:29 Squadron Royal Air Force (29 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R2095
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wellingore, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Squadron Leader S C Widdows, Pilot Officer L D Wilson: injured; aircraft accident at Sleaford; Beaufighter R2095, 29 Squadron, 16 November 1940.
Beaufighter R2095 on a night patrol. One engine stopped functioning and the second engine was malfunctioning.
He gave the order to Pilot Officer Wilson, his radar operator, to bale out, which Wilson acknowledged.
While Widdows was in the process of getting out of the aircraft he noticed that Wilson was not able to exit the crippled fighter due to a problem with his escape hatch. Charles climbed back into the aircraft, which by now was entering into a spin. He managed to regain control and effected a crash landing on farm land just outside Sleaford.
Wilson suffered head injuries and Widdows had cuts to his face but they had survived.

Sources:

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2015/11/hero-pilot-went-back-in-stricken-plane.html
discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk C166883074
AIR81/4209


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jul-2020 18:25 Nepa Added [Operator]
10-Jul-2020 21:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Operator]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description