Halifax HX169 was on a training flight on 19th January 1944.
Its seven-man crew consisted of:
- Ralph Blakey (Pilot)
- Joseph William Samuel Burden (Navigator)
- Douglas John McLeod (Air Bomber)
- Stephen Jackson (Wireless Operator)
- Kenneth Albert Lawrence Mitchell (Air Gunner)
- Thomas Nainby (Air Gunner)
- Leslie Valentine Norton (Flight Engineer)
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Halifax Mark II HX169, whilst on a training flight, crashed near the aerodrome when attempting to land on three engines at approximately 11.15 hours. Though the aircraft was completely wrecked, only R Blakey and DJ McLeod were injured. Both were removed to RAF Hospital, Ely”
Cause / Location of Loss
Crashed between Toseland and Yelling?
AM Form 78
The movement card shows that the aircraft was classified as Cat. FA/E and it was struck off charge on 2nd February 1944
AM Form 1180
Crashed near airfield after overshooting on three engines; aircraft started turn at 300ft after take-off; pilot reported aircraft behaving strangely and that ailerons were jamming. Investigation found accident due to technical failure
R Blakey / DJ McLeod
R Blakey returned to the squadron and was operational again in May 1944. DJ McLeod did not return to the squadron.