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    Default Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (BD576) Crash 27/9/42

    On the 27th of September 1942, Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (BD576) executed an overshoot at the satellite airfield of RAF Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire. Observers on the ground saw the aircraft climb steeply into the night sky, stall, and then crash to the ground. Sgt N.G. Clark, Plt Off D.R.C. Bartlett, Plt Off B.R. Steel, Sgt A.R. Minney and Sgt F.B. Mitchell BEM, from 10 OTU, were all killed in the crash.

    Does anyone know the cause of this accident, perhaps from an entry in the AVIA files (or AIR 81) at Kew, please?

    Many thanks for any info provided.

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    Default Re: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (BD576) Crash 27/9/42

    Jonny,
    I'm afraid I can't help you with the cause, but the serial of the Whitley involved was BD376:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=BD376
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    Default Re: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (BD576) Crash 27/9/42

    Jonny,

    Air Britain serials for BD376 uses phrase. "Stalled on overshoot" which ties in with your description. Stall at low level is very unforgiving. Distraction, disorientation, inexperience?
    Peter

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    Default Re: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (BD576) Crash 27/9/42

    Hello

    The AIR 81 file has not yet been released, we're actually around the 20th June 1942. Maybe at the next transfer into the public domain, or the one after.

    You don't explain if you have checked the OTU's ORB, or the form 1180 (accident card) from the RAF Museum Hendon. I've seen some OTU's ORBs containing accident report form 765c, so it may be Worth checking.


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    Default Re: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (BD576) Crash 27/9/42

    Jonny
    The accident card shows the cause to be "Error of Judgement" on behalf of the pilot, who 'allowed the aircraft to climb too steeply while carrying out overshoot procedure.'

    Daz

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    Default Re: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (BD576) Crash 27/9/42

    Thanks for the help, chaps. Unfortunately I have no access to the 10 OTU ORB and, as I am currently sitting in Kenya, I'm unlikely to get at it for some time. Can anyone assist in that direction please?

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