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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186537
Last updated: 22 November 2020
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:17 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (17 OTU RAF)
Registration: LR125
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hendwr, near Corwen, 11 miles NE of Bala, Merioneth -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Silverstone, Northamptonshire
Destination airport:
Description: T/o at 09:50hrs from RAF Silverstone, Towcester, Northamptonshire, for cross-country navigational exercise. Broke up at 10:45, while flying in cloud, and crashed at Hendwr, near Corwen, 11 miles northeast of Bala, Merioneth. It is thought likely that the pitot head froze over, leading to a loss of control. From a contemporary newspaper report (Aberdeen Press and Journal, January 19th 1946):

"Five Killed
The entire crew of five of a Wellington bomber, based at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, lost their lives when their plane crashed in a field at Llandrillo, Monmouthshire, yesterday. The plane did not catch fire, and the cause of the crash is unknown."

All five crew killed:
BRUNNING, Norman Charles - Sergeant (Pilot) 1585056 - RAFVR - killed
BUTLER, Alfred Frederick - Sergeant (Air Gunner) - 3033600 - RAFVR - killed
BUTTON, Geoffrey Sydney - Flying Officer (Navigator) - 166725 - RAFVR - killed
CRABB, Lawson Terence - Sergeant (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) - 3025459 - RAFVR - killed
KINNAIR, William Spence - Flight Sergeant(Navigator/Air Bomber) - 572774 - RAF - killed

Flight Sergeant Kinnair of St Johnís Wood, London, was taken to Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, while others were buried in their home towns as per the above. Note that the official Air Ministry board of Inquiry report into the incident (File AVIA 5/28/W2318) gives the crash location as "Near Llandrillo, Merioneth"


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Ė Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.24. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. No Landing Place: Guide to Aircraft Crashes in Snowdonia (First Edition. 1985) by Edward Doylerush (ISBN: 9780904597578)
12. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/28/W2318:

Revision history:

18-Apr-2016 10:31 ORD Added
15-Jan-2017 23:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Dec-2017 07:06 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Nature]
03-Nov-2019 03:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2019 20:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2019 08:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative, Operator]
21-Nov-2019 00:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2019 00:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
22-Nov-2020 05:43 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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