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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22498
Last updated: 25 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:220 Squadron Royal Air Force (220 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P5127
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Quarry Farm, Ingleby Barwick near RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
On 11th June 1940 this 220 Squadron aircraft took off from Thornaby airfield at 03.20hrs. It left the ground normally and climbed away to around two hundred feet after which a turn to the right was made which increased in steepness until it stalled and flew into the ground. The crash site is believed to have been near to Quarry Farm, Ingleby Barwick.

The crash caused the bomb load to explode which resulted in the deaths of all four airmen. The investigation into the incident and the Court of Inquiry returned verdicts of "cause obscure". This would be the first of two Hudson crashes at Quarry Farm. The crash site has almost certainly been built over with housing in years since the War.

Hudson P5127 was built to contract 791587/38 by Lockheed at Burbank and after delivery to the UK, assembly and testing it was issued to 220 Squadron in early 1940. It was destroyed in the crash detailed above.

Pilot - Sgt Eric Morgan RAF (700305), aged 30. Born Leeds. Buried Thornaby on Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Pilot - Sgt Dennis Robert Holbeche RAF (564819), aged 26, Of Grays, Essex. Buried Thornaby on Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Wireless Operator - AC.1 William Charles Irvine RAF (625299), aged 19, of Tullyhogue, Co.Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Buried Thornaby on Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Air Gunner - Sgt James Richard Butterworth RAF (525413), aged 23, of Kendal, Westmorland. Buried Thornaby on Tees Cemetery, Yorkshire.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. Ross McNeill, 'Royal Air Force Coastal Command Losses: Aircraft and Crew Losses 1939-1941 v. 1', Midland Publishing, 2003

Revision history:

10-Aug-2008 01:36 Anon. Added
21-Jan-2012 04:12 Nepa Updated [Location, Departure airport]
21-Jan-2012 05:43 Nepa Updated [Operator]
30-Jun-2012 00:41 ryan kirkatrick Updated [Source]
06-Nov-2017 10:21 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
11-Sep-2019 04:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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