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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25231
Last updated: 2 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk I
Owner/operator:1 (C) Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (1 (C) OTU RAF)
Registration: N7308
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Green Point Ranges, in Silloth, Cumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Silloth
Destination airport:RAF Silloth
The Hudson I N7308 of 1(C) OTU RAF took off from RAF Silloth on 4 January 1943, detailed to carry out solo practice including single engine flying. Following the uneventful training flight, the crew returned to the airfield. On final approach, aircraft went out of control and crashed at 1028 hours at Green Point Ranges, in Silloth, Cumberland. Both pilots were killed. According to some sources, a Plt Off R D Hall RAF was aboard. In this case he survived the crash.

Crew (both killed):
Sgt Douglas John Wearne RAAF 406544 (Pilot)
Sgt Leo Francis Ryan RAAF 416368 (Navigator Bomb Aimer)

Sgt Wearne and Ryan are buried in the Silloth (Causewayhead) Cemetery, Home Low

A Report into the accident, the Wg Cdr RAF Silloth stated : “ I commenced giving Wearne a check dual on Hudson N7308 previous to him flying solo. The behaviour of the aircraft was normal in every way. After about one hours flying I authorised Wearne to carry out various solo practices including single engine flying. I am quite satisfied that this pilot was quite competent to carry out the practices detailed. The pupil was a good average pilot who had been flying quite well that morning.
I consider that the faulty handling of the engine controls referred to by the Investigating Officer caused the Pilot to pay too much attention to the engines, and not enough to the flying of the aircraft. with the result that the pilot stalled the aircraft and ‘spun in’.

The Air Cdre Group Commander stated “ I do not agree with the findings of the Investigating Officer, as there is no evidence to justify the assumption that the cause of the accident was ‘due to the faulty handling of the engine controls.’ In my opinion the accident was caused by engine failure but the reason for the failure must remain a mystery.”


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
06-Nov-2017 18:07 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Nov-2018 19:42 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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