|Wellington T10 RP319 of 1
Air Navigation School, RAF Hullavington. The aircraft swung off the runway
during an instrument take off in fog and hit a hangar, killing 4 people.
James Halley - Broken Wings
Killed in Air Crash
Young Trowbridge Pilot
Sgt NL Pain
A Trowbridge man was one of the victims of aircraft crash at No 1 Air
Navigation School, RAF Hullavington on Wednesday morning. The aircraft, a
Wellington was about to take off on a routine navigational flight when it
failed to gain sufficient height, crashed into the side of a large hangar
and blew up. The crash set off the fire alarm and although appliances rushed
to the spot immediately, the aircraft was completely burnt out and all 4
occupants were killed.
The accident happened at 7.10 and the noise of the explosion was heard by
the residents of Stanton St Quintin and Hullavington. They were unable to
see the flames due to the dense fog prevailing at the time.
Late in the day, the Air Ministry announced the names of dead as Sgt NL
Pain, Flt Sgt LB Hodges, Acting Pilot Officer AJ Saunders and Acting Pilot
Officer JP Phillip.
Wilts Times 18 Oct 1952
The following week, a report of the inquest was published, The inquest
could find no cause or reason for the crash. Despite the thick fog, the
pilot reported that he could see 2 sets of runway lights which was adequate
for take off. The rescue crew reported that the aircraft hit the top corner
of a hanger about 25 feet from the ground.
Pilot - Sgt Norman Leslie Pain aged 28 from Trowbridge. Buried - Trowbridge
Signaller - Flt Sgt Leonard Bryant Hodges aged 22 from Petersfield, Hants.
Buried Rogate Cemetery, Near Petersfiled
Pupil Navigator - Acting Pilot Officer Anthony John Saunders aged 19 from
Forest Gate, Essex. Buried - Chippenham.
Pupil Navigator - Acting Pilot Officer John Patrick Phillip. aged aged 22
from Worthing, Sussex. Buried - Brighton Corporation Crematorium.