Lockheed Hudson AM604 crash at RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim

1st February 2018

Lockheed Hudson AM604 flying in RAF 206 Squadron at Coastal Command Headquarters at RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim crashed while training on 1st February 1942.

Lockheed Hudson AM604 flying with RAF 206 Squadron crashed near RAF Aldergrove, Crumlin, Co. Antrim on 1st February 1942. The Coastal Command plane was taking part in a non-operational aerodrome defence exercise.

The starboard wing of the plane struck trees near the airfield at RAF Aldergrove. The Hudson landed upside down and caught fire on impacting the ground. All members of the crew died in the incident.

RAF 206 Squadron at RAF Aldergrove

Imperial War Museum Photo: (CH 6573) (Part of the Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection). Lockheed Hudson Mark III T9431 VX-B of RAF 206 Squadron based at RAF Aldergrove, Crumlin, Co. Antrim on a patrol over the Atlantic Ocean. Copyright Flying Officer H Hensser - Royal Air Force Official Photographer.

A Court of Inquiry took place after the accident:

The pilots in Squadron Leader Hennock’s Flight were ordered to follow the Flight Leader in echelon starboard. He gave all the necessary orders required by any reasonable pilot. The aircraft hit trees as a result of an error of judgement by Fraser in flying too low or diving too close to the ground.

Station Commander – RAF Aldergrove.

Had Fraser conformed normally to the manoeuvres of the Flight Commander as was done by the second aircraft in the formation, the accident would not have occurred.

AVM Commanding No. 15 Group RAF.

Remembering the crew of Hudson AM604

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
FraserHugh GavinPilot OfficerPilotRAAF 402051. Killed.
CampbellArchibald DethridgeSergeantObserverRAAF 400858. Killed.
FryPhilip AlexanderSergeantAir GunnerRAF 920055. Killed.
KettleGeoffrey TaylorSergeantAir GunnerRAF 913612. Killed.

Pilot Officer Fraser, Sergeant Campbell, and Sergeant Fry’s graves are in Catherine’s Church of Ireland, Killead, Co. Antrim. Sergeant Kettle’s grave is in Northwood Cemetery, Cowes, UK.

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