Vickers Wellington HX737 crash at Falcarragh, Co. Donegal

28th February 2019

On 28th February 1943, Vickers Wellington HX737 crashed into boggy ground near Falcarragh, Co. Donegal while on a routine training flightfrom RAF Limavady.

On Sunday 28th February 1943, many of the residents of Falcarragh, Co. Donegal were on their way to mass. They heard a plane circling overhead. This area was in the "Donegal Corridor", an area of Irish airspace in which Allied planes could operate on the Atlantic coast.

At around 0915hrs, Vickers Wellington HX737 crashed into turf banks at Meenderry near Falcarragh, Co. Donegal. The Mark VIII bomber was from RAF No. 7 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit based at RAF Limavady, Co. Londonderry.

The impact destroyed Vickers Wellington HX737 killing all 6 crew members. Wreckage lay across surrounding fields while the heavy Pegasus engines submerged in the boggy ground.

A rescue and recovery operation by 17th Infantry Battalion found 4 bodies on the day of the crash. The following day saw the recovery of the remaining 2 crew members. The army also collected 4 Browning machine guns, 2 Vickers K machine guns, and around 200 rounds of damaged ammunition. A military truck removed around 2 tons of scrap metal, leaving the rest buried at the crash site.

Remembering the crew of Vickers Wellington HX737

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
CourtLeonard AshbySergeantPilotRAFVR 1213640.
WallJohn D'ArcySergeantPilotRAFVR 1140108.
CampbellJohn SteenSergeantNavigatorRAFVR 1081848.
GutteridgeRonald WilliamSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVR 1333994.
GilmoreJamesSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVR 1036700.
FarthingGeoffrey James ScottSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVR 1315164.
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