The aircraft was returning from a mission to attack the V-1 launch sites at Croixdalle. The aircraft had been damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, it was reported by eyewitnesses to be on fire as it passed over Nottingham. Possibly, the pilot tried to extinguish the fire in his starboard outer engine by putting MZ519 into a dive; unfortunately this caused the weakened wing to break away, the aircraft crashing just South of the village of Farnsfield, near Newark. Sadly, all on board were killed.
The crew were:
177439 Pilot Officer R PARFITT Pilot Aged 22
152501 Flying Officer B G TURNIDGE Navigator Aged 24
R/151252 Flight Sergeant J J GODIN Bomb Aimer Aged 20
1645930 Sergeant R A ROLPH Flight Engineer Aged 23
1535267 Sergeant T A HILL Air Gunner Aged 21
2220239 Sergeant L G LEATHAM Air Gunner Aged 20
1621271 Sergeant T F PITTS Wireless Operator Aged 22
The aircraft has a very detailed and informative website dedicated to it, this can be found here
The 578 Squadron Association's website can be found here
There is also a new road in Farnsfield named after the pilot, Parfitt Drive.
The Memorial Stone, a small copse and garden has been created on the crash site.
The plaque at the junction of Parfitt Drive, Farnsfield.