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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210145
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers Wellington Mk 1c
Owner/operator:214 Squadron Royal Air Force (214 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R2699
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Methwold, near Feltwell, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Methwold, Feltwell, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Methwold, Feltwell, Norfolk
Vickers Wellington Mk.I R2699, 214 Squadron, RAF Methwold: Written off (destroyed) 13/12/39 when crashed on approach to RAF Methwold, Norfolk, on training flight. The aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames short of runway. All three crew on board were killed:

Pilot Officer William Leonard Colmer (pilot, Service Number 42473, aged 25) killed
Pilot Officer Rex Alan Russell-Forbes (Service Number 41743, aged 21) killed
L.A/C John Thomas Warriner (Service Number 615941, aged 24) killed

P/O Colmer and P/O Russell-Forbes had received their commissions on 10/6/39 and 4/3/39 respectively. Note that, although three crew were killed, the Aircraft Record Card (Air Ministry Form 1180) for this crash shows three killed but only names the two pilots. Hence several published sources overlook the loss of L.A/C Warriner (because he is not named) and state (incorrectly) that there were only two fatalities.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1980 page 18)

Revision history:

29-Apr-2018 16:13 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Oct-2018 13:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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