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