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Crash of a Lockheed C-141A-LM Starlifter near Peterborough: 18 killed

Date & Time: Aug 28, 1976 at 1240 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
67-0006
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
McGuire - Mildenhall - Torrejón
MSN:
300-6259
YOM:
1967
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Aircraft flight hours:
14989
Circumstances:
The Starlifter registered 67-0006 had a recent history of weather radar problems. It had been written up by crew members eight times previously. On the day of the accident the maintenance crewman, unaware of the previous problems, checked the radar. It seemed to be working, so it was signed off as "Ops Check Okay". Shortly after takeoff from McGuire AFB, the crew noticed that the radar was inoperative. Since severe weather was not forecast, they elected to continue to RAF Mildenhall, UK. Two hours after takeoff, British forecasters issued a SIGMET for "Moderate to occasional severe clear air turbulence from FL240 to FL400", but the crew never got this report. Four hours after takeoff the crew updates the weather forecast. They receive a weather forecast of "3/8 at 3000 feet, 4/8 at 4000 feet with an intermittent condition of wind 030/12 gusting 22, visibility five miles in thunderstorms, 2/8 at 2000 feet 5/8 at 2500 feet". The crew then attempted to get an update one hour from Mildenhall, but was unable to contact the base. Another station reported "4/8 Thunderstorms tops to FL260". During the enroute decent they entered the clouds. At FL150, they requested vectors around the weather. Because the primary radar was inoperative, the controller advised that he would have difficulty providing avoidance vectors. The aircraft then entered the leading edge of a very strong line of thunderstorm cells. One estimate indicated they encountered a 100 mph downward vertical airshaft. The right wing had failed, followed quickly by the upper half of the vertical stabilizer, and the four engines.
Source: C-141 Lifetime Mishap Summary / Lt. Col. Paul M. Hansen
Probable cause:
Loss of control due to severe atmospheric turbulences in thunderstorm activity.

Crash of a Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker in Cabanillas del Campo: 8 killed

Date & Time: Feb 6, 1976
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
60-0368
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Madrid
MSN:
18143/482
YOM:
1961
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Aircraft flight hours:
5481
Circumstances:
While descending to Torrejón Airbase by night and limited visibility, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located in Cabanillas del Campo, about 22 km northeast of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and all eight crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson C.19 at RAF Mildenhall

Date & Time: Nov 21, 1961
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VM372
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local training mission at RAF Mildenhall when an engine failed in flight. The airplane lost height, struck trees, a pole and the roof of a house before crashing in a field located one mile southwest of the airbase. Both crew members were rescued and the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of a Boeing B-50D-115-BO Superfortress in RAF Mildenhall

Date & Time: Oct 10, 1950
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
49-0318
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
MSN:
16094
YOM:
1949
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a local training mission at RAF Mildenhall. After an engine failed and caught fire in flight, the captain Robert C. Reagle decided to return to Mildenhall for an emergency landing when the left wing dropped on touchdown. The underwing tank burst into flames when striking the ground and the aircraft went off runway before coming to rest in flames. All crew members were uninjured while the aircraft was partially destroyed by fire.

Crash of an Avro 694 Lincoln B.2 in RAF Mildenhall

Date & Time: Sep 29, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SX990
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew (35th Squadron) was performing a local training sortie in RAF Mildenhall. While approaching by night, the four engine aircraft was too low and crashed in a field located 5 miles from runway 11 threshold. All four crew members were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of an Avro 683 Lancaster I in RAF Mildenhall

Date & Time: May 26, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PA383
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Belly landed and damaged beyond repair. No casualties.

Crash of an Avro 683 Lancaster I in RAF Mildenhall

Date & Time: Jul 17, 1946
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PB748
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On touchdown, an undercarriage collapsed, causing the aircraft to slid on the runway. All five crew members were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Undercarriage collapsed on landing.

Crash of an Avro 683 Lancaster in Pot-de-Vin: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 29, 1944 at 0130 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L7576
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF Mildenhall at 2200LT on July 28 on a bombing mission to Stuttgart. While cruising by night over east of France, the bomber was shot dowb by the Lt Walter Swoboda and crashed in a uninhabited area, some 50 km west of Strasbourg. Five crew members were killed while two others were rescued.
Crew (622nd Squadron):
F/O Harold Sherman Peabody, †
F/O G. J. Wishart,
F/O James Harrington Doe, †
F/O R. L. Fiddick,
Sgt Arthur Payton, wireless operator and air gunner, †
F/Sgt Richard Godfrey Proulx, air gunner, †
Sgt Percy William Buckley, air gunner. †
Probable cause:
Shot down.

Crash of an Avro 683 Lancaster III in Tienray: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jun 13, 1944
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LM465
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF Mildenhall in the evening of June 12 on a bombing mission to Gelsenkirchen. While overflying The Netherlands, the aircraft was shot down by enemy fire and crashed in a field located in Tienray. All seven crew members were killed.
Crew:
Carl Thompson, pilot,
Roderick McMillan, navigator,
Ronald Lemky, flight engineer,
Sgt Jack Trend, radio operator,
Sgt Tom Stubbs, air gunner,
Sgt Duke Pelham, air gunner,
Sgt Dick Mobbs, air gunner.
Probable cause:
Shot down by enemy fire.

Crash of an Avro 683 Lancaster I in Oirschot: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jun 13, 1944
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LL812
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Mildenhall - Mildenhall
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF Mildenhall at 2300LT on June 12 on a bombing mission to Gelsenkirchen. While overflying The Netherlands, the bomber was shot down by the pilot of a German night fighter and crashed in a field located in Oirschot, northwest of Eindhoven. All seven crew members were killed.
Crew (622th Squadron):
P/O William Frederick Henry Rattle, pilot,
Sgt Richard John William Moore, navigator,
Sgt Francis Michael Leaney, flight engineer,
F/S Richard Paul Percival Holden,
F/O Walter Richard Tanner, air bomber,
Sgt Martin Dea, mid gunner,
Sgt Reginald Bramley, rear gunner.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a German night fighter.