Lockheed Hudson T9326 QX-V took off on an anti-submarine patrol at 0430hrs on 30th September 1940. Moments later, the American built, Mark I plane crashed only a few miles from the airfield.
Under command of RAF 224 Squadron, the Hudson took to the air from RAF Aldergrove, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, reaching a height of around 200 feet. At this point, the plane lost power and height and crashed.
RAF 224 Squadron was one of two based in Northern Ireland equipped with Hudsons. They had moved to Ulster to strengthen the anti-U-Boat force after the fall of France in 1940. The coastal reconnaissance light bombers had radar fitted to enable them to locate submarines.
All the aircrew on board died in the crash.
Remembering the crew of Hudson T9326
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Role||Information|
|Gibbs||Arthur J||Sergeant||From Ipswich, Suffolk. Buried in St. Catherine's Church of Ireland, Killead, Co. Antrim.|
|Swann||Stanley||Sergeant||From Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in St. Catherine's Church of Ireland, Killead, Co. Antrim.|
|Postgate||Kenneth||Sergeant||Pilot||565653. From Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. Buried in Killead Presbyterian Church, Killead, Co. Antrim.|