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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181291
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk I
Owner/operator:224 Squadron Royal Air Force (224 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N7214
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1/2 mile North of RAF Leuchars, Fife -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland
Destination airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Lockheed Hudson Mk.I N7214 ('QX-T') of 224 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 4/10/39 when dived into ground from 300 feet, half-a-mile north of RAF Leuchars. Believed control lost, due to an unbalanced load of crew and their kit, which affected the aircraft's C of G and stability,while on transit flight from Leuchars to RAF Thornaby with a crew of six (two pilots plus a relief crew of four as passengers)

Pilot: Flying Officer Desmond George Perry RAF (Service Number 37899, aged 29) killed.
Co-pilot: Pilot Officer John William Crawford McFarlane (Service Number 39638) RAF killed
Pilot/Passenger: 580247 Sgt. Harry Letchford (Service Number 580247, aged 23) RAF killed
Pilot/Passenger: Pilot Officer Richard Atkinson Barker (Service Number 40199, aged 24) RAF killed.
Passenger: AC.1 Frederick Henderson May (Service Number 521784, aged 32) RAF killed.
W/Op.: AC.1 Cyril Arthur Bates (Service Number 511737) RAF killed.


1. Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War Vol 1 by Ross McNiel (page 16)

Revision history:

13-Nov-2015 15:48 JINX Added
07-Jan-2016 21:35 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
19-Dec-2017 01:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
22-Apr-2018 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Jun-2018 01:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
24-Jun-2018 01:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
17-Oct-2018 06:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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