Date & Time: Mar 2, 1940 at 0045 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N2984
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
6
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in the reconnaissance's mission christened 'Nickel' over Bremen, Germany. Some eleven minutes after take off from the RAF Mildenhall, while climbing, the left engine failed. The crew elected to return to his base when he lost control of the aircraft that crashed in a field located in Burnt Fen, some 14 km northwest of the RAF Mildenhall. All six occupants were killed.
Crew (149th Squadron):
F/O L. R. Field,
Sgt M. Wiffen,
Sgt J. C. Murdock,
LAC E. H. Prior,
AC2 L. B. Hughson,
AC2 T. E. Smith.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.