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Crash of an Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy in West Freugh AFB

Date & Time: Oct 1, 1984 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
XN817
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
6746
YOM:
1961
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at RAF West Freugh, the right main gear collapsed. The airplane slid on its belly and eventually came to rest on a grassy area to the right of the runway. All 11 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It was completing a flight on behalf of the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right main gear upon landing.

Crash of an Avro 652 I in Craigronald Hill: 4 killed

Date & Time: Dec 6, 1944
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EG693
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft had taken off from Millom in southwest Cumbria for a navigation and bombing exercise, while flying south over the mountains of southern Scotland the aircraft struck the snow covered northern slope of Craigronald. The crash was reported fairly quickly and a Mountain Rescue Team was sent out form Wigtown, when they arrived they found 1 crew member alive but he died before reaching hospital.
Crew (2nd AFU):
F/Sgt Colwyn Parker Angus, pilot,
Sgt Maurice Schneider, navigator,
Sgt John Walter Melhuish, bomb aimer,
Sgt Kenneth Richard Ridehalgh, wireless operator.
Source:
http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/pages/scotland/scotlandeg693.htm

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-20-DK near Port Logan: 22 killed

Date & Time: Jul 27, 1944 at 1600 LT
Operator:
Registration:
42-93038
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Bristol – Prestwick – Keflavik – Godthab – Gander – Boston – New York
MSN:
12905
YOM:
1944
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
22
Circumstances:
While cruising at low height in marginal weather conditions over the Irish Sea, the aircraft hit the Mull of Galloway (400 feet high) located south of Port Logan, Wigtownshire. The aircraft hit the mountain six feet from its summit and was totally destroyed. All 22 occupants were killed, among them two medical staff and US soldiers wounded in Normandy and flying back to the US.
Crew:
1st Lt Galen R. Hendricks, pilot,
2nd Lt Raymond Hutchings, copilot,
F/O Dan Willard Meshew, pilot,
2nd Lt Leon Julius Tully, navigator,
Sgt Jay V. Alcorn, radio operator,
S/Sgt Merl William Skinner, crew chief.
Passengers:
2nd Lt Mary Edith Jackley,
John Henry Salmi,
Maj Irving I. Shure,
2nd Lt John Wilbur Ingram,
2nd Lt Theron S. Ward,
Sgt Ernest Howard Corvin,
Sgt Billy G. Morris,
Cpl Elmer F. Lauf,
James D. Green,
Keith Glenn Lowdermilk,
Marcus Saspochnikoff,
James E. W. Ayers,
Edmund Leroy Davis,
Donald R. Hammerstrom,
Jack F. Sheidler,
LAC Samuel Gilmour.
Source:
http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/pages/scotland/Douglas-C-47A-42-93038-Cairngarroch-Bay.htm

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I near Mt Bennanbrack: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 21, 1944 at 0450 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
MG356
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
West Freugh - West Freugh
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a night training exercise. En route, while cruising at an altitude of 2,250 feet, the twin engine aircraft hit a mountain slope located near Mt Bennanbrack, some 6 miles north of Newton Stewart. All five crew members were killed.
Crew:
F/Sgt Raymond John Crotty, pilot,
Sgt Darius Bede Northmore, navigator,
W/O Peter Smith, wireless operator and air gunner,
Sgt Bertram Ernest William Becker,
Sgt Edward Hugh Patrick Cresswell, wireless operator and air gunner.
Source & photos:
http://www.aircrashsites-scotland.co.uk/anson_bennanbrack.htm

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I on Mt Cairnsmore of Fleet: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 22, 1944 at 2340 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EG485
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Dumfries - Dumfries
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft took off from Dumfries at 2017LT on the 22nd February for a night navigation exercise around the northern Irish Sea / North Channel area. The intended route was Dumfries - Silloth - Mull of Galloway - Rathlin Island - 55'50"N 06'40"W (a point some 8 miles off the west coast of Islay) - Mull of Galloway - Silloth - Dumfries, a total distance of 380 miles. Also an Infra-Red bombing exercise was to be conducted at Whithorn (south of Wigtown on the Silloth - Mull of Galloway leg) on both the outward and return legs. The progress of the flight was reported by radio and ground tracking as being slightly off course to port between the Mull of Galloway and Rathlin and off course to starboard on he return leg to the Mull of Galloway from off Islay. The crew were able to use the Occult navigation light at West Freugh on the return leg to correct their course to arrive over Withorn for their second pass at the IR target but visibility was reported by them as poor so they did not carry out the IR bombing exercise. At this point they decided to set a direct course to Dumfries from the West Freugh Occult with radio navigation assistance from Wigtown. At 2336LT the aircraft was reported by West Freugh to be almost due North of them with the crew reporting that they were flying at 3,000 feet. A couple of minutes later the aircraft flew into the western side of Cairnsmore of Fleet at just over 2,100 feet and only a mile north of their intended track. The aircraft impacted a large patch of boulders and much of the forward end was badly damaged by the impact, the aircraft carried on up the slope for a short way before coming to a halt, there was no fire following the crash. When the aircraft did not arrive at Dumfries it was declared missing and a search was begun at dawn on the 23rd, in the mean time and despite his injuries the pilot Sgt McLeod set off on foot from the crash site, arriving at Bardrochwood Farm at the foot of Cairnsmore. It was 2100LT on the 23rd before the crash site was reached by the rescue party from Wigtown and Lalonde was rescued. The other crew members had either died in the crash or succumbed to their injuries and the cold before help arrived, both were recorded as having happened by the RAF Dumfries Medical Officer.
Crew:
Sergeant N. J. McLeod, pilot
P. J. Lalonde, navigator
John Morgan Cooley, bomb aimer, †
Warrant Officer Jack James Mount Ward, wireless operator, air gunner and instructor, †
Sergeant Mervyn Charles Simpson, wireless operator and air gunner, †
Source: http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk
Probable cause:
It was the opinion of the Court of Inquiry that the aircraft had been caught up in turbulence between West Freugh and where it crashed and this caused the deviation in the course by a mile and that it was probably subject to a "severe downdraft before action taken by the pilot to counteract the loss of height had taken effect".

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I in RAF Wigtown

Date & Time: Feb 21, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K6160
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Wigtown - Wigtown
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on landing. No casualties.

Crash of a Blackburn B-26A Botha I near the Loch Ryan: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 27, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L6414
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While completing a navigation exercise, the pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing following an engine failure. The aircraft crash landed at Wauth Mill Croft, near Loch Ryan, in the region of Stranrear. Three crew members escaped unhurt while the LAC Appollos William George Walker was killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of a Blackburn B-26 Botha I in Luce Bay: 4 killed

Date & Time: Mar 11, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L6396
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
En route, the crew lost control of the aircraft that crashed on sand dunes located in Luce Bay, northwest of Port William. All four crew members were killed.
Crew (4th AOS):
Sgt John K. Westwater, pilot,
F/Sgt Norman Collins-Campbell, observer,
Cpl James Craig,
LAC Sealand D. Jones.

Crash of a Blackburn B-26 Botha I in West Freugh: 5 killed

Date & Time: Nov 18, 1941 at 1010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L6195
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
West Freugh - West Freugh
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from RAF West Freugh, while climbing, the aircraft stalled, dove into the ground and crashed in a wooded area located near the airport. All five crew members were killed.
Crew (4th AOS):
Sgt Walter Francis Godfrey Hobby, pilot,
LAC Robert Charles Sharp, observer,
AC1 William Charles Ellis, wireless operator and air gunner,
AC2 George William King, wireless operator and air gunner,
LAC Ciaran Anzlony Clarke, air gunner.
Probable cause:
It appears the aircraft stalled during initial climb following a loss of power on the right engine. This was caused by a false move on part of the captain who throttled back the right power lever while trying to remove his hand to select the undercarriage up. This caused the right engine to lose power and the aircraft to stall.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina off Stranrear: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 23, 1941 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
AH556
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The seaplane was en route from Stranrear, Scotland, to Canada. Shortly after departure, in unknown circumstances, the aircraft stalled and crashed in the Stranrear's Bay. Two crew were seriously injured while all five other occupants were killed.