Date & Time: Sep 2, 1940
Operator:
Registration:
N2992
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Bombing
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Feltwell - Feltwell
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
5
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF Feltwell at 2050LT on September 1st on a bombing mission to Hanover. On the return leg, the bomber went out of control and crashed into the North Sea off Wassenaar. Five crew members were killed while the captain was rescued by the crew of the HMS Niger two days later.
Crew (37th Squadron):
P/O M. S. Burberry,
P/O G. H. Jackson, †
P/O H. Philippe, †
Sgt C. J. Cooper, †
Sgt T. C. M. Browne, †
Sgt P. W. Barber. †
Source: W. R. Chorley.
Probable cause:
In his report, the captain indicated that he may have fallen asleep, but his Station Commander thought an incorrect altimeter setting was the more likely cause of the tragedy.