Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V T4204,
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Date:Wednesday 1 January 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:78 Sqn RAF
Registration: T4204
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lindholme, Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Dishforth
Destination airport:Dishforth
On 1 January 1941 the Whitley V T4204 of 78 Sqn RAF took off from Dishforth at 1630hrs for a bombing raid to Bremen but they were unable to locate the target so returned home. On their return they jettisoned the bomb load when the aircraft suffered from severe icing conditions which effected control of the aircraft. At 2200hrs the aircraft was abandoned and crashed near Lindholme airfield. Sadly the body of one of the crew was found near the wreckage, close to Cockoo Lane, Lindholme. The four other crew survived.

Pilot : Sergeant Harold Ashley "Jerry" Davis RAFVR 1180435 (NCO:145108 Commission Gazetted : Friday 13 October, 1944)
2nd Pilot : Pilot Officer William Albert Bates RAFVR 86711 [Killed] (NCO:917219 Commission Gazetted : Tuesday 12 November, 1940)
Observer : Sergeant Frank Waldron RAF 1337244 (NCO:135908 Commission Gazetted : Tuesday 18 May, 1943)
Wireless Operator : Sergeant Eric O T Balcomb RAF
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Sergeant Ernest A Grunsdell RAF

Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database


Revision history:

03-Jan-2017 05:02 Laurent Rizzotti Added
04-Jan-2017 11:55 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
01-Jan-2024 08:00 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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