Date & Time: Dec 2, 1940 at 1615 LT
Operator:
Registration:
P4958
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Bombing
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dishforth - Dishforth
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
5
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a bombing mission over Lorient, France. Shortly after take off from RAF Dishforth, while in initial climb, the aircraft stalled and crashed in flames. All five crew members were rescued but five rescuers were killed when bombs stored in the cargo bay exploded.
Crew (78th Squadron):
Sgt Charles Arthur Smith, pilot,
Sgt T. A. Brown, copilot 3.
List of the fire members killed on ground:
AC2 Frederick Percy Griffiths,
AC1 Walter Douglas Victor,
AC1 Alfred George Haslett,
LAC Alfred John Patterson,
LAC Robert Smith.
Probable cause:
According to the RAF, the engine power was insufficient on take off, causing the aircraft to stall.