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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156216
Last updated: 15 December 2019
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Date:20-NOV-1944
Time:20:50
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:22 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (22 OTU RAF)
Registration: MF509
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Carreg Goch, Brecon Beacons, South Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wellebourne Mounford, Warwickshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
MF509, a VickersWellington MK10, took off from Stratford-Upon-Avon, satellite airfield to RAF Wellesbourne Mountford (22 Operational Training Unit) at 19.26 hours on Nov.20th 1944 for a night cross country navigation training exercise.

Shortly before 20.50 hrs the crew sent a radio message asking permission to go below cloud as they were having trouble with the starboard engine, perhaps due to icing in the carburetor. Permission was granted and as they descended over the mountains of the Brecon Beacons their aircraft flew into the South West slope of Carreg Goch. All six crewman were killed.

With the help of local people from Craig y Nos, the RAF rescue team reached the site that night and removed the bodies. The aircrew lost in the crash on Carreg Goch were:

PILOT Sgt CHARLES HAMEL
NAVIGATOR Sgt JULES ROBERT RENE VILLENEUVE
BOMB AIMER F/Off WILLIAM JOSEPH ALLISON
W/Op/AIR GUNNER Sgt JOSEPH PAUL ERNEST BURKE
AIR GUNNER Sgt ARTHUR GROUIX
AIR GUNNER Sgt GERARD DUSABLON

Sources:

1. http://mf509.blogspot.co.uk/
2. http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Wellington-bomber-MF509-crew-remembered-mountain/story-17329074-detail/story.html#axzz2VBYS198T
3. http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=662882
4. http://peakwreckhunters.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/armstrong-vickers-wellington-mk-10.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jun-2013 20:05 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Apr-2015 20:42 Victor I Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]

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