Airspeed Oxford R-6179 - 03/12/1942
|Airspeed Oxford||R-6179||7th Air Depot Group||Langford Lodge||Return Flight To Langford Lodge||1||1|
13:45 hours on the 3rd December 1942 Airspeed Oxford No R-6179 of the
7th Air Depot Group was returning to Langford Lodge in Northern
Ireland after delivering radio equipment to Speke. The aircraft was flown by 2nd
Lieutenant Joseph E Lowe and 1st Lieutenant John L Pearce of the
Signals Corps as a passenger, the weather at the time of take of was not good
with icing at 1,500 feet and visibility about a mile.
The aircraft headed out across the River Mersey to avoid the Liverpool defences, the aircraft had to fly down to 800 feet as the cloud base lowered. As the aircraft was not fitted with radio the pilot had to maintain visual contact with the ground, however they were forced to climb up through clouds to clear barrage balloons that were in the area and then the aircraft suddenly crashed into the 1,450 high Mountain Fron Hen Mountain in North Wales, the aircraft was completely wrecked but the crew survived with major injuries and were taken to the hospital at RAF Sealand.
|Pilot||2nd Lieutenant||Joseph E Lowe||-||-||Major Injuries|
|Passenger||1st Lieutenant||John L Pearce||-||-||Major Injuries|
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