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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 167908
Last updated: 22 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers Wellington Mk IV
Owner/operator:A&AEE Boscombe Down (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment Boscombe Down)
Registration: W5795
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Quarry Farm, Stanley, between Dale Abbey & Ockbrook, Derbyshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
The aircraft was an experimental machine fitted with a pressurised cabin for high-altitude recconnaisance operations. On Sunday, 12 July 1942, W5795 was having its cabin pressurisation systems checked; whilst cruising at 32500 feet, a section of one of the propeller blades sheared off, penetrating the cabin, causing loss of pressure and possibly incapacitating the pilot. The aircraft broke up during its dive to earth, debris falling over a wide area between Derby and Ilkeston. Wreckage was spread in a track (south-east to north-west) between the villages of Dale Abbey and Ockbrook. Sadly, there were no survivors.

The crew were:

37651 Squadron Leader C L F COLMORE Pilot (Aged 29)
650284 Flight Sergeant R P GILLOTT RAFVR Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner (Aged 22)
123492 Pilot Officer K RADFORD RAFVR Air Gunner (Aged 27)
755349 Flight Sergeant A J SMITH DFM RAFVR Observer (Aged 23)
Civilian C V ABBOTT BSc Flight Test Observer (Aged 23)

The memorial to the five crew lost is at SK 41952 40412, in St Andrew's Churchyard, Stanley, near Derby. It was dedicated on July 11th 2014 - the 72nd anniversary of the crash. The memorial cost cú1500 grant-aided by the War Memorials Trust and funded by private donations, the principal donor being Mr Bernard Walters. The debris field was however widespread, and therefore less well defined



Revision history:

14-Jul-2014 14:09 gerard57 Added
09-Jan-2018 22:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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