Date & Time: Jan 6, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
L7863
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
8
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a circular training flight from RAF Newmarket. Shortly after take off, in initial climb, one of the engine fired. The captain attempted to return to the airport but on final, the aircraft stalled, hit an embankment and crashed in flames on a building. Eight crew members were killed while two others were seriously injured.
Crew (3rd ATG):
F/Sgt Frederick Thomas Miniken, pilot, †
Sgt Reginald Alfred Butcher, wireless operator, †
Sgt M. T. Coon, wireless operator,
Sgt Gerald Geoffrey Cornes, wireless operator and air gunner, †
Sgt R. H. W. Lawrence, wireless operator,
AC1 Thomas Menzies, flight engineer, †
Sgt John Philpin Williams, wireless operator and air gunner, †
Sgt Anthony John Browne, air gunner, †
Sgt Albert David Matthews, air gunner, †
Sgt Herbert Wolstenholme, air gunner. †
Probable cause:
Loss of control caused by an engine fire shortly after rotation.