Wellington HE 821 Crash Report 5th August 1944

2.jpgInformation from the Crash Report

(Hennymoor Creswell)

Crash 5th August 1944, 20-10h
Wellington flew out of Gamston.
Unit 86 O. T. U.

Vickers Wellington  HE 821

Information on the Plane

  • Vickers Wellington X HE 821
  • Total 562.20 hours.
  • Port Engine  Total hours run 79.30  (installed in airframe 22/05/44)
  • Starboard Total hours run 79.40 (installed in airframe 22/05/44)
  • Duration of Flight 6 Hours 15 Minutes

Remarks From Unit Commander

The Wreck Examination,(by an Engineer Officer of this unit and the following facts were obtained.

  • The crash occurred on private land near the village of Creswell South West of Worksop.
  • The Air Craft was completely written off.
  • The S/Board engine appeared to fail on account of petrol failure. The airscrew was then feathered and it appears that the pilot tried to carry out a forced landing. At approximately 800 feet he lost control. The aircraft one turn of a flat spin and crashed very heavily killing all the crew.
  • It has been presumed that the primary cause was engine handling, as the aircraft was fuelled up before flight.
  • Fully detailed description of the incident has been given to all pilots.
  • W/Cdr. Training Wing 86 out 8th August 1944.
  • There is evidence in the Navigators Log that I.S.A. at 15,000 feet Speed 150 mph.
  • This crew was briefed to fly at 140 mph. This would bring the fuel consumption up to above normal. 
  • Accident investigated by Group Investigating Officer.  8th August 1944

Fuel State

  • All Port and St/bd main tanks were - empty
  • St/bd Nacelle empty (tank not holed).
  • Port Nacelle tank small amount (Approx 2pints).
  • Fuel Cocks CP and CS too damaged to ascertain position.
  • Nacelle Cocks CP and CS both “on”
  • Balance Cock “A” “UP”
  • Balance Cock “B” Could not be located

Propellers

  • St/bd Fully Feathered
  • Port Almost fully fine as far as could be ascertained

Engines

  • Port Apparently under power. Filters clean.
  • St/bd Filters clean. Cowling gills partially closed.
  • Plugs and magnetos being checked.

The aircraft flew on a cross country exercise the previous day. The flight was of 6 hours and 15 minutes duration and the fuel consumption was 650 galls (84 gallons/hr.).

Subject to more detailed examination of the starboard engine there is evidence that it failed due to lack of fuel and the propeller afterwards being feathered. There is also the possibility that the port engine may have failed some minutes afterwards for the same reason. Probably the starboard engine may not have picked up when balance cock “A” was operated, due to the small amount of fuel available in the port nacelle tank.

The sparking plugs and the magnetos of the starboard engine have been reviewed and are being tested. A further report on this condition will be forwarded.

PDF of the Original Accident Report 4.93M

Approximate area of the crash site below:

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Information from the Crash Report

(Hennymoor Creswell)

Crash 5th August 1944, 20-10h
Wellington flew out of Gamston.
Unit 86 O. T. U.

Vickers Wellington  HE 821

Information on the Plane