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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25083
Last updated: 5 September 2020
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Date:10-NOV-1947
Time:03:00 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:1 PRFU Royal Air Force (1 PRFU RAF)
Registration: MF557
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Railway Crossing House, nr RAF Finningley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Finningley, South Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Finningley
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.X MF557, 1 PRFU, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 10 November 1947, when crashed at Railway Crossing House, near RAF Finningley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

A simultaneous failure of both engines during an attempted landing at RAF Finningley resulted in aircraft crashing and burning, killing the pilot and severely injuring the remaining two crew. The plane was on a cross country navigation exercise. On hitting the ground, the aircraft hit an embankment located near a railway, sheared off some road signs and came to rest in flames.

The two survivors were wireless operator Sgt Geoffrey Morgan, and the Navigator, Sgt Gillmore. Sgt. Gillmore was responsible for saving the life of Sgt Morgan by pulling him out of the aircraft through the Astradome. The sole fatality was the pilot, Flight Sergeant Cyril Wallace RAFVR (Service Number 1626022, aged 23); he was interred in Doncaster (Rose Hill) Cemetery. Death registered in East Retford

AC.2 Flynn was one of several RAF Regiment airmen from RAF Finningley who guarded the wreckage and helped to take the residents of the railway crossing house to the RAF station, as the Wellington had removed part of the roof of the house as it came down.

It is believed that the dual engine failure was caused by a momentarily jam on the fuel transfer system.

Sources:

1. Sgt G Morgan of Southport, Merseyside.
2. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.69. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
3. https://doncasterwarmemorials.weebly.com/w.html
4. http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/f/finningley/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2407669/wallace,-cyril/
6. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-440-wellington-x-raf-finningley-1-killed


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
01-Nov-2008 13:40 bev833 Updated
12-Dec-2008 02:28 bev833 Updated
05-Jan-2009 12:18 harro Updated
16-Feb-2009 11:56 bev833 Updated
18-May-2011 14:01 relight9 Updated [Narrative]
13-Oct-2012 12:21 BEV833 Updated [Narrative]
25-Apr-2017 20:06 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
25-Apr-2017 20:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2018 18:32 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
29-Nov-2019 01:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2019 01:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
29-Nov-2019 22:23 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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