Accident Vickers Wellington Mk Ic N2773,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153924
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Date:Thursday 17 October 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:311 Sqn RAF
Registration: N2773
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:East Farm, West Willoughby, near Blidworth 10 miles NNE of Nottingham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Wellington N2773: Took off for raid on night of 16/17.10.1940 whilst on a raid to Bremen.
Radio failure occurred crossing the Dutch coast homebound and the Wellington was subsequently abandond at 0322 17 Oct 1940 near Blidworth 10 miles NNE of Nottingham.
Five of the six crew left the aircraft by parachute.
F/Lt Joseph Šnajdr (pilot) RAFVR: baled out /Ok
Sgt Leo Anderle (pilot) RAFVR: baled out /Ok
P O Joseph Richter (obs) RAFVR : baled out /Ok
P/O Miroslav Vejražka - (WOp/AG) RAFVR : baled out /killed
P/O Joseph Fürbach (WOp/AG) RAFVR: baled out /Ok
Sgt Ulrich Langer (WOp/AG) RAFVR: baled out /Ok

Wellington Mk.IC (KX-K, N2773) piloted by F/L Josef Šnajdr was covered in ice. Pieces of ice flew away from the propellers, crashing into the plane's fuselage, and in addition, the radio station failed. In a strong storm, the crew got lost and found land with the last drops of gasoline. The entire crew managed to jump over the English coast and the almost new Wellington ended its journey at Wells around 03:20.
After crashing into a tree at East Farm in West Willoughby, radio operator P/O Miloslav Vejražka was killed by an overzealous Home Guard member who mistook the Czechoslovak airman for a German paratrooper.


Revision history:

09-Mar-2013 21:23 Dr. John Smith Added
03-Feb-2020 20:06 stehlik49 Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]
16-Oct-2022 06:15 Rob Davis Updated [Narrative]
02-Jul-2023 18:20 Nepa Updated [[Narrative]]

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