The aircraft, belonging to 13 Operational Training Unit based at Finmere had taken off from base at 0125 for a cross-country training exercise. At 0230, the aircraft dived into the ground and exploded off Hallams Lane, Chilwell.
Such was the destruction of the aircraft, it was not possible to determine the exact reason for the accident, or initially how many persons were on board.
It was later revealed that the pilot had been suffering from a grumbling appendix and this was cited as being a "contributory" cause, with structural failure of the airframe being "most likely".
The crew were:
430040 Flying Officer A M MONTGOMERY RAAF Pilot Aged 23
423264 Flying Officer R F STEPHENS RAAF Navigator Aged 25
414907 Warrant Officer A A COOK RAAF Wireless Operator Aged 22
224413 Sergeant N A HARTRICK RCAF Air Gunner Aged 20
Flying Officers Montgomery and Stephens were taken for burial at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, while Sergeant Hartrick is at rest in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery.
Warrant Officer Cook is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
The aircraft was originally serialled 42-87140.