Date & Time: Apr 17, 1940
Operator:
Registration:
N1387
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kinloss - Kinloss
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Kinloss at 1730LT on a reconnaissance mission over the Trondheim-Vaernes Airport, Norway. While returning to its base in the night, the aircraft ran out of fuel. The captain instructed his crew to bail out and he attempted to find an open field for an emergency landing. The aircraft eventually crash landed in Grantown-on-Spey. On touchdown, the aircraft slid for several yards before the left wing hit a tree and was sheared off. The captain and all four other crew members were unhurt while the aircraft was written off.
Crew (77th Squadron):
S/L M. Hastings,
F/O Piddington,
Sgt Burr,
Sgt Wright,
AC1 Pacey.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion.