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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192648
Last updated: 21 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk VI
Owner/operator:200 Squadron Royal Air Force (200 Sqn RAF)
Registration: FK578
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Takoradi -   Ghana
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The Hudson VI FK578 of 200 Sqn RAF took off from RAF Station Takoradi, West African Forces, on 7 January 1943. Soon after the aircraft became airborne it struck rising ground and crashed, and fire completely destroyed the aircraft. Three of the crew were killed in the crash and Sgt Guy died of his injuries later.

Crew (all killed):
Sgt Reginald Charles Payne RAAF (Captain/Pilot)
Sgt William James Thomas Watson RAAF (Navigator)
Sgt Frank Edward Guy RAAF (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sgt David Taylor Adams RAF (Wireless Air Gunner)

In a later enquiry into the accident it was considered that the cause of the crash was ‘during a dark take off the pilot failed to maintain a safe rate of climb after becoming airborne and flew into rising ground approx 400 yards south of the runway.’
The Station Commander stated that the failure to maintain a safe rate of climb was probably due to pilot lag in changing over from visual to instruments when airborne.

All the crew are buried in the Takoradi European Public Cemetery, Ghana.


Revision history:

07-Jan-2017 18:52 Laurent Rizzotti Added

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