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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181315
Last updated: 16 November 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:233 Squadron Royal Air Force (233 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N7227
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Drums, 1.5 miles S of Freuchie, Fife, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife
Lockheed Hudson Mk.I N7227 ('ZS-Y') of 233 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 10/10/39 when flying at low level in poor visibility with a low cloud base, returning from patrol, crashed into high ground at Drums, 1.5 miles South of Freuchie, Fife, Scotland. Fire broke out immediately on impact, and the wreckage was distributed over a wide area. All four crew were killed instantly.

Pilot: 39272 Flying Office Charles ("Charlie") Hampton Clark RAF killed.
Co-pilot: 41436 P/O. William Edward Lockley RAF killed.
W.Op: 550711 Basil Norman Blades RAF killed.
620399 AC2 W. M. Cochrane RAF killed.

F/O Clark, a New Zealander from Wellington City and P/O. Lockley are buried in Leuchars Cemetery while AC.1 Blades was taken to St.Mary Churchyard Wath, Yorkshire and AC.2 Cochrane rests in Ryden Mains Cemetery New Monkland Lanarkshire.

The modern OS Map on Bing Maps has two places with the name Drums near Freuchie: Nether Drums, about 750 m South West of Freuchie just off the A912, and Drums, about a further 500 m South West of that.


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

Revision history:

14-Nov-2015 12:07 JINX Added
07-Jan-2016 21:34 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
23-Apr-2018 17:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 05:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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