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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25139
Last updated: 27 August 2020
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:21 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (21 OTU RAF)
Registration: PG135
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Long Compton, 5 km E of RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
On final approach to RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, while on a local training sortie, the aircraft hit the ground and crashed in a field located in Long Compton, about five km east of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all five crew members were killed. The accident occurred by night and low visibility due to clouds.

Crew (21 OTU):
Flying Officer (Pilot) Derrick James Ferdinando, Service Number 57541, aged 21 - killed on active service 6/9/46, buried at Botley Cemetery, Oxford
Flight Lieutenant (Navigator/Wireless Op.) Kenneth Gordon John Gratton, Service Number 152857, aged 24 - killed on active service 6/9/46, buried at Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Greem, London NW
Flight Sergeant (Navigator (Bomb Aimer)) Robert Dunn, Service Number 1814207, aged 21 - killed on active service 6/9/46, buried at Hasting Cemetery, Hastings, East Sussex
Sergeant (Wireless Operator) William Bernard Greatrix, Service Number 1869682, killed on active service 6/9/46, buried at Dallington Cemetery, Northampton
Sergeant (Air Gunner) Dennis Eric Robinson, Service Number 3032798, aged 20, killed on active service 6/9/46, buried at Botley Cemetery, Oxford

At the inquest it was revealed that the aircraft (PG135) had flown over Moreton at 900 feet after a four hour flight, and was in contact with the tower at 02.55am. A yellow glow was seen by witnesses coming from the aircraft just before it struck the ground.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.51. ISBN 0-85130-290-4..
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
01-Sep-2013 20:39 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
27-Apr-2015 20:01 Slizack Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
27-Apr-2017 20:23 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Apr-2017 22:18 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Apr-2017 22:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time]
11-Nov-2019 02:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2019 22:30 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Nov-2019 01:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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