Date & Time: Oct 23, 1940 at 2100 LT
Operator:
Registration:
L7775
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lossiemouth - Lossiemouth
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was performing in night navigation exercise from RAF Lossiemouth to Brechin, Kinnaird Head, Inverness and back to Lossiemouth. While cruising in low visibility, the captain did not realize his altitude was insufficient due to low visibility caused by a thick cloud. The bomber hit a mountain slope in Bruach Mohr, some 5 miles northwest of Braemar. Two crew members were killed while all five other occupants were rescued.
Crew (20th OTU):
P/O Herbert Martin Coombs, pilot, †
P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, pilot,
Sgt Frank Hutson, wireless operator and air gunner, †
Sgt Alfred Wilson Milroy,
Sgt Kenneth Winchcombe Bordycott, navigator,
Sgt George Ronald Lyon,
Sgt John Adam Sparks, air gunner.