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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24965
Last updated: 10 June 2020
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:201 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (201 AFS RAF)
Registration: NB115
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr Norton Disney Hall, 1.5 miles from RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Swinderby
The crew was engaged in a local training sortie. On final approach, the pilot in command decided to abort and started a go around. He completed a circuit vertical to the terrain and then started a second approach to land. Again, he abandoned this second approach and a third as well few minutes later.

During the third go around maneuver, while at a height of 600 feet, the pilot made a turn to the left to join the approach path but did not realize he lost altitude. By night and low visibility, the aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in a wooded area near Norton Disney Hall, North Kesteven, located 1.5 miles from the airfield.

Two crew members were killed (named in contemporary press reports as George Davies (27), of Clodock, Abergavenny, and Pilot John Albert Hurst (29) of Harrogate, Yorskhire) while the third member of the crew, co-pilot Flying Officer Raymond Cox, aged 25, of West Drayton, near Portsmouth, was seriously injured and taken to Lincoln County Hospital. It is reported that the crew apparently tried to maintain a visual contact with the ground and did not refer to their instruments at the time of accident


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.90. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Lincolnshire Echo Lincolnshire, England 23 Aug 1949
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/29/W2456:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
02-May-2014 17:52 TB Updated [Operator, Nature, Damage]
24-Apr-2017 21:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Apr-2017 21:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
23-Oct-2018 20:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
09-Nov-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2019 17:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]
08-Dec-2019 17:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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