Date & Time: Feb 15, 1942 at 0850 LT
Operator:
Registration:
G-AGDR
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cairo – Bournemouth
MSN:
9
YOM:
1942
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
5
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
While approaching the British coast, the aircraft was mistakenly shot down by the pilot of a RAF Spitfire and crashed into the sea, eight km off the Eddystone lighthouse, near Plymouth. All nine occupants were killed. RAF said the pilot of the Spitfire was a Polish citizen who misinterpreted the identity of the aircraft and thought it was an enemy bomber. Following this tragedy, RAF will increase the aircraft reconnaissance training to avoid such situation.
Crew:
Cpt John Alexander Stuart Hunter, pilot,
Cpt Robert Humphrey Page, pilot,
Horace Reginald Spicer, flight engineer,
F/O Richard John Williamson.
Probable cause:
Mistakenly shot down by a RAF fighter.