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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157823
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Date:17-JAN-1942
Time:15:40
Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn Royal Air Force (7 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7467
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 miles North of Earith Bridge. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A crash involving a Hurricane from 61 Operational Training Unit and a Stirling flying from RAF Oakington with 7 Squadron. The accident occurred just north of Earith Bridge in Cambridgeshire on 17th January 1942. All eight crew were killed as was the Hurricane pilot P/O D M Browne. To add to the families distress, the remains of Sgt Mankelow were never recovered. The aircraft having been rammed by the Hurricane dived into the ground to a depth of fifteen feet at the site of the Haddenham Drain. The crash site burnt for several days and the crater then filled with water making the task of recovering two of the crew’s remains, Sgt. McCarley and Sgt. Mankelow impossible.

Crew
Pilot Officer Ronald W Taylor DFM, RAAF, Pilot + Cambridge Military Cemetery
Squadron Leader John N Mahler DFC, Pilot + Cambridge Crematorium
Pilot Officer James D Waddell, Navigator + Cambridge City Cemetery
Sergeant Francis J Lloyd, Wireless Operator Air Gunner + Grays New Cemetery
Pilot Officer Alan J Low, Air Gunner. + Cambridge City Cemetery
Sergeant Edward Blacklaw, Flight Engineer. + Dundee Eastern Necropolis
Sergeant James McCarley, Air Gunner + Runnymede Memorial
Sergeant Walter J Mankelow, Air Gunner + Runnymede Memorial

The pilot of the Hurricane was Pilot Officer Derek Malcolm Browne RAFVR/107991 (NCO:1311831) +

Sources:

FlyPast August 1987
http://stirlingaircraftsoc.raf38group.org/W7467
CWGC
Bomber Command losses 1942


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Jul-2013 09:27 harro Added
17-Dec-2013 17:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
05-Jan-2016 08:27 Jixn Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
28-Oct-2017 16:52 Red Dragon Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 16:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
14-Sep-2021 18:55 Rob Davis Updated [Narrative]

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