The Hampden had taken off from RAF Finningley on a night navigation exercise. The aircraft crashed on Rushup Edge near Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire at around 20:15 killing all 4 crew.
The official inquiry determined that the aircraft was 50 miles west of its intended track and was flying too low. A contributory factor may also have been due to poor definition between the low cloud and the snow-covered ground.
The crew were:
83259 Pilot Officer M HUBBARD RAFVR Pilot (Aged 20)
590585 Sergeant K W B PERKINS RAF Navigator (Pilot) (Aged 24)
648240 Sergeant D W SMITH RAF Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner (Aged 19)
553939 Sergeant D J DAVEY RAF Air Gunner (Aged 18)
The very small remains of the Hampden on Rushup Edge.
Pilot Officer Michael Hubbard's grave at Knighton cemetery, Leicester.
His younger brother sadly did not survive the war either; Captain Joseph Hubbard R.A. died of his wounds on 4th May 1945 in Burma while he was serving with the 14th Army. He was 26 years old and is buried in Ranchi, India.