Vickers Wellington Mk. IC Z8980 27 O.T.U. Crashed 17:07:42.

The aircraft belonging to No.27 Operational Training Unit had taken off from Lichfield on a night navigation exercise. The Wellington crashed on Rudd Hill near Sheffield.
All on board survived, but with injuries of varying severity.

The crew were:

  ? Sergeant T F THOMPSON Pilot
  ? Pilot Officer J W MOORE Navigator
  ? Sergeant J H LEVETT Wireless Operator
408163 Sergeant K J H HARRIS RAAF Air Gunner
411053 Sergeant J H RODEN RAAF Air Gunner

Sadly, several crewmembers were to be lost on Operations later in the War - More information here

Z8980 - Small1

The very small remains of Z8980 on Rudd Hill.

Z8980 - Small2

What wreckage remains, is however quite interesting.
Visible in this photo are: Window frame channeling, Battery terminal, motor armature. Buckle from parachute harness, and instrument parts.
The flat, rusty parts scattered about are 'E' and 'I' laminations from one of the aircraft's transformers.

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