Date & Time: Oct 21, 1938 at 1825 LT
Type of aircraft:
Handley Page H.P.57 Halifax II
West Freugh - Marham
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
Left West Freugh AFB at 1710LT for Marham via Ayr, Blackpool, Ternhill and Cheltenham. While flying twelve km northeast of Liverpool at an altitude of some 4,000 feet, the left engine failed. Captain decided to divert to RAF Sealand on one engine but the aircraft was losing altitude. Due to severe vibrations, he ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft. He continued the flight alone but was unable to reach RAF Sealand. He eventually completed an emergency landing in a field near Halewood, some 3 km northeast of Speke, near Liverpool. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, the captain and all four other crew members survived.
Failure of the ninth connecting rod on the left engine. Built in 1937, the aircraft totalized 157 flying hours.