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.

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

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

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