Crash of a Vickers 290 Wellington I in Honington: 4 killed

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L4363
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Honington AFB - Honington AFB
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training exercise on behalf of the 9th Squadron. While cruising at a height of 800 feet in the vicinity of the RAF Honington, the aircraft collided with another RAF Vickers 290 Wellington registered L4288 and carrying a crew of five. Both aircraft plunged into a marshy ground close to Sapiston Rectory, less than three miles from the airbase. All nine occupants on both aircraft were killed.
Crew (9th Squadron):
F/O John Frank Chandler, pilot,
P/O Colin Charles Cameron, observer
AC2 Leonard George Dicks, wireless operator and air gunner,
AC2 Walter James Chapman, air gunner.

Crash of a Vickers 290 Wellington I in Honington: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L4288
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Honington AFB - Honington AFB
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training exercise on behalf of the 9th Squadron. While cruising at a height of 800 feet in the vicinity of the RAF Honington, the aircraft collided with another RAF Vickers 290 Wellington registered L4363 and carrying a crew of four. Both aircraft plunged into a marshy ground close to Sapiston Rectory, less than three miles from the airbase. All nine occupants on both aircraft were killed.
Crew (9th Squadron):
S/L Stanley Lennox, pilot,
F/O Peter Edward Torkington-Leech, observer,
Sgt Cyril Arthur Bryant,
LAC Stanley Hawkins, wireless operator and air gunner,
AC1 Edward Grant, air gunner.

Crash of a Vickers 290 Wellington I Elveden: 5 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L4320
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Honington AFB - Honington AFB
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a navigation exercise from the RAF Honington. While flying southwest of Thetford at a too low altitude, the aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in flames in a wooded area. All five occupants were killed.
Crew (9th Squadron):
P/O Harold Rosofsky, pilot,
P/O Bruce Innes Clifford-Jones, observer,
AC1 Hugh M. McGreevy, wireless operator,
AC1 Thomas Purdie, wireless operator,
AC2 William Charles Hilsdon, air gunner.
Probable cause:
Pilot error.

Crash of a Vickers 290 Wellington I in Brunsbüttel: 5 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L4268
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Honington AFB - Honington AFB
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Honington at 1605LT. Presumed shot down, either by Flak or fighters, in the target area. All five occupants were killed.
Crew (9th Squadron):
F/S Ian Edward Maitland Borley,
Sgt George Miller,
Cpl George William Park,
LAC Harry Dore,
AC2 Robert Henderson.
Probable cause:
Shot down.

Crash of a Vickers 290 Wellington I in Brunsbüttel: 6 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L4275
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Honington AFB - Honington AFB
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Honington at 1605LT. Presumed shot down, either by Flak or fighters, in the target area. All six occupants were killed.
Crew (9th Squadron):
F/S Albion John Turner, pilot,
Sgt Donald Edward Jarvis, pilot,
Sgt Bertie Greville Walton,
Sgt A. O. Heslop,
AC2 George Thomas Brocking,
AC2 Kenneth George Day.
Probable cause:
Shot down.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow II in RAF Honington

Date & Time: Nov 24, 1938
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K7002
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Honington - Honington
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach by night, the aircraft hit the ground short of runway and was destroyed. All four crew were injured. For unknown reason, crew was continuing the approach at a too low altitude.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow II off Dungeness: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 6, 1938
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K6971
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Honington - Honington
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was conducting a night training exercise on behalf of the 215th Squadron. While cruising over the Channel in poor weather conditions, the aircraft went out of control and crashed into the sea off Dungeness. SAR were performed by British and French authorities during several days but no trace was ever found.
Probable cause:
It is believed that crew encountered bad weather conditions with turbulences and that the aircraft was struck by lightning.