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.
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 Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Fraser||Hugh Gavin||Pilot Officer||Pilot||RAAF 402051. Killed.|
|Campbell||Archibald Dethridge||Sergeant||Observer||RAAF 400858. Killed.|
|Fry||Philip Alexander||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAF 920055. Killed.|
|Kettle||Geoffrey Taylor||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAF 913612. Killed.|
Archibald Dethridge Campbell
Sergeant • 400858
Sergeant Archibald Dethridge Campbell died on 1st February 1942 when his Hudson AM604 came down after clipping trees near RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim.
Hugh Gavin Fraser
Pilot Officer • 402051
Pilot Officer Hugh Gavin Fraser died on 1st February 1942 when his Hudson came down at RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim. He survived a lucky escape in Australia.