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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25270
Last updated: 11 September 2020
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:201 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (201 AFS RAF)
Registration: RP341
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Brampton, Huntingdon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Vickers Wellington Mk.X RP341 of 201 AFS, crashed at RAF Brampton, Huntingdon, 03.05.1951: The crew was performing a training sortie when the aircraft went into a dive, crossed the cloud layer and crashed onto several uninhabited houses. It seems possible that the pilot was `Chasing` his airspeed indicator rather than using artificial horizon. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all three crew members were killed. The three crew that were killed were: `

Pilot Officer Peter Bernard Read. Aged 19. Pilot.
Flight Lieutenant Richard Herbert Hitchens. Navigator.
Cadet Signaller Peter William Chambers.

Nobody on ground was hurt. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was deviated from the prescribed flight path by 56 miles for undetermined reason.

This plane did not crash at RAF Brampton but about a mile away in the village at a field on Thrapston road. It severely damaged the roof of my home at Bell End across the roundabout. I was a 6 year old at Brampton Primary School and actually saw the plane from the classroom window and pointed it out to my teacher that it was 'flying funny'. Later I was taken from the school to my uncle Doug Robertson's house as our house was not livable for sometime afterwards. This is a very vivid memory for me. Patricia (Robertson) Hames.



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Apr-2017 23:12 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2017 23:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
23-Oct-2018 21:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
26-Dec-2018 09:30 Anon. Updated [Location, Narrative]
22-Apr-2020 12:44 Pat Hames Updated [Narrative]

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