Vickers Wellington Mk. IC N2809 28 O.T.U. Crashed 15:02:43.

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.

N2809 - B
N2809 - D

Jack Andrew's grave at Dunholme (St.Chad) Churchyard Extension, Dunholme, Lincolnshire.

Eric Brook's grave at Bradfield (Oughtibridge) Cemetery.

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