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Vickers Armstrong Wellington Mk III
|Serial Number||Unit ID Codes||Unit||Crash Date|
A formation of Vickers Wellington bombers.
|Mason, W. (brit)||26||Sgt||1336934||Pilot||Fatal|
|Hutchinson, W.G. (brit)||22||Sgt||1108506||Co-Pilot||Fatal|
|Darby, A. (can)||19||Flt Sgt||J/142365||Navigator||Fatal|
|Marfleet, S.M. (brit)||29||Sgt||1152393||Air Gunner||Fatal|
|Meatyard, M.J. (brit)||19||P/O||139376||Bomb Aimer||Fatal|
|Page, R.A. (brit)||21||Sgt||1390505||Wireless Op||Fatal|
|Stephens, R.E. (brit)||Sgt||900043||Air Gunner||Fatal|
|At around 10:15 on 7th May
1943 Wellington BK441 took off from RAF North Luffenham for a night cross
country exercise. Just over three hours into the flight BK441
encountered a blanket of low cloud over the North Pennines in the vicinity
of Weardale. It is believed that the crew of BK441 were lost and in
an attempt to pin point their position the decision was made to descend
through the cloud, a decision which would seal the fate of the 7 man
At around 00:15 hours the occupants of St Johns Chapel were woken by a loud explosion. BK441 has flown into the hillside directly south of the village at an altitude of 1,400ft, the crew were killed on impact.
Although I have yet to visit the site it is believed that some fair sized pieces of BK441 still remain at the crash site, some parts are reported to be buried in the side of a quarry spoil heap.
The Crash Site
The memorial is St Johns Chapel to those killed in the crash.
Looking across towards the hillside where BK441 came to grief.