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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183390
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:Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Registration: N7260
MSN: B14L-1646
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Church Farm near Thurstaston, Wirral, Cheshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Speke (Liverpool Airport) Speke, Liverpool
Destination airport:
On the 28th July 1939 Lockheed Hudson No N7260 was on a test flight from the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation at Speke prior to being handed over to the RAF. During this flight at about 15:30 hours the wing and tail plane came off the aircraft in the flight and the aircraft went into a spin crashing in a field at Church Farm near Thurstaston, Wirral killing the American crew of three, the aircraft which had been in flight for only a few minutes was completely burnt out. Members of the Birkenhead fire brigade extinguished the flames and extricated the bodies and found Anderline's parachute partly open.

Witnesses stated that the aircraft streaked downwards after the wing fell off, but that Anderline who was at the controls, made a gallant effort to effort to keep it from hitting a row of cottages in Thurstaston. Western Flying reported in their account of the crash in September 1939 that sabotage was the suspected cause, however due to a lack of records it has not been possible to confirms if this was the case.

All three crew were American nationals, and all were killed:
Pilot: Frank Anderline
Engine Inspector: John Hagadorn
Flight Mechanic: Fred Taylor

Engine Inspector John Hagadorn was from Long Beach and his remains were cremated in Liverpool before being sent home to Long Beach. It is not known what happened to the remains of the other two persons on board. An additional aircraft, serialled R4059 (c/n B14L-1804) was added to the contact as a replacement



Revision history:

10-Jan-2016 23:51 Dr.John Smith Added
10-Jan-2016 23:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Nature]
10-Jan-2016 23:53 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
06-Nov-2017 18:07 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]

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