The aircraft belonging to No.28 Operational Training Unit had taken off at 11:30 from Castle Donington on a cross-country navigation exercise. At some point the aircraft flew through a snowstorm, encountering severe icing. The aircraft lost height and stalled while trying to pull up over a pinnacle of rock, crashing at 16:30 on Gun Hill, near Whitwick. Sadly, all were killed.
The crew were:
1042366 Sergeant J Andrew RAFVR Pilot Aged 20
658265 Sergeant E Brook RAFVR Air Bomber Aged 26
932499 Sergeant A D Scott RAFVR Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Aged 22
1107845 Sergeant F W Gurney RAFVR Navigator Aged 31
1458537 Sergeant D Marsden RAFVR Air Gunner Aged 20
Crash site of N2809, looking towards the aircraft's former base at Castle Donington.
Jack Andrew's grave at Dunholme (St.Chad) Churchyard Extension, Dunholme, Lincolnshire.
Eric Brook's grave at Bradfield (Oughtibridge) Cemetery.