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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25077
Last updated: 10 October 2020
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Date:13-AUG-1951
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk XVIII
Owner/operator:228 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (228 OCU RAF)
Registration: PG367
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hudswell, 2 miles W of Richmond, Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Leeming, Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 13 August 1951 Flight Lieutenant Quinton was a navigator under instruction in an RAF Wellington aircraft (PG367) which was involved in a mid-air collision with an RAF Miles Martinet (NR570).

An Air Training Corps cadet was with Quinton in the rear compartment of the Wellington when the force of the impact caused the Wellington to break up and plunge to earth out of control.

Flight Lieutenant Quinton picked up the only parachute he could see, clipped it on to the cadetís harness, showed him how to pull the rip-cord and ordered him to jump. The cadet landed safely and was the only survivor of the disaster, all the other 8 occupants of the two planes perished. For his selfless action he was awarded the George Cross (GC).

Pilot - F/O Peter Frederick Keeling RAF (582152), aged 22, of Southend on Sea, Essex. Buried Leeming Churchyard, Yorkshire.
Navigator - F/O George Michael Trotman RAF (1606829), aged 27, of Wooton under Edge, Glocestershire. Buried Painswick, Glocestershire.
Navigator U/T - F/Lt John Alan Quinton RAF GC DFC (115714), aged 30, of Lewisham, London. Buried Leeming Churchyard, Yorkshire.
Navigator U/T - P/O Frank Leslie Farrell RAF (582254), aged 22, of Docking, Norfolk. Buried Hessle Cemetery, Hull.
Navigator U/T - P/O Edwin George Percival Garratt RAF (2436405), aged 20, of Tooting, London. Buried Leeming Churchyard, Yorkshire.
F/O Dawyck George McLeod Veitch R(Aux)AF (178711), aged 37, of Harrogate, Yorkshire. Buried Wilford Hill Cemetery, Nottingham.
Passenger - Cadet Derek Coates ATC, aged 16, of Middlebrough. Survived.

Crew of the Miles Martinent that were also killed were

Pilot - F/Lt Alexander Hannay RAF (120473), aged 32, of Stranraer, Scotland. Buried Kirkcoln Cemetery, Stranraer.
Passenger - Cpl Malcolm Bruton ATC, aged 16, of Middlesbrough. Buried Acklam Cemetery, Middlesbrough.

A memorial to those killed in both aircraft was dedicated in Hudswell village on the sixieth anniversary of the accident on 13 August 2011 and unveiled by Mr Roger Quinton

Sources:

1. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/dales/pg367.html
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Alan_Quinton
3. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?91075-Vickers-Valetta
4. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
05-Jan-2011 15:57 Anon. Updated [Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2011 16:00 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
10-Mar-2013 00:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2013 00:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
02-Sep-2013 01:51 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source]
27-Apr-2015 19:38 Slizack Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
19-Oct-2019 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Source]

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