Date & Time: Sep 19, 1939 at 0700 LT
Operator:
Registration:
L4256
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Harwell - Harwell
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF Harwell at 2000LT on 18SEP1939 for a night training exercise. After eleven hours of flight, fuel reserve was low and the crew decided to abandon the aircraft. Out of control, the bomber dove into the ground and crashed in the mountainous region of Glyn-Neath, some 13 km northwest of Aberdare, Glamorgan. All five crew were rescued while the aircraft was destroyed.
Crew (75th Squadron):
F/L A. H. Smythe, pilot,
F/O P. J. R. Kitchin, pilot,
Sergeant Moss, navigator,
John Hollingsworth, wireless operator 1.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion and communication system failure.