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WW II Accident sites
« on: April 07, 2019, 03:37:05 PM »
Mrs AT and I were out for a bit of a trundle the other day,and we came across a picnic area on the Collin Road between Tildarg and Moorfields.
Just as we were leaving after finishing our lunch we noticed this sign about two WWII aircraft that had crashed on Big Collin Mountain on training missions.

I can`t make the pic any bigger or it exceeds the sites limit,so to avoid eyestrain I shall type it up.Quite a bleak spot,but stop and have a look if you are in the area.

The sign reads as follows...

"Near this site eleven aircrew lost their lives in two separate aeroplane crashes on or near Big Collin Mountain.Both crews were taking part in aviation training missions,during the Second World War.

On the 31st October 1941,a crew of Royal Air Force Volunteer Reservists from No.5 Air Observers School No.25 Group Training Command stationed at RAF Jurbry in the Isle Of Man were on a cross country navigational training exercise in A Bristol Blenheim light bomber serial number Z6273.
Whilst in flight over County Antrim,an engine went on fire,causing the aircraft to crash at Tildarg on the southern slopes of Big Collin Mountain,at 12.30pm.All four crew members were killed.

The fatalities were:

Sergeant William Amos Scott Doig RAFVR Pilot

Leading Aircraftman Peter Ernest Coles RAFVR Observer under training.

Leading Aircraftman Robert Desmond Connell RAFVR Observer under training.

Leading Aircraftsman Ivor John Urwin RARVR Observer under training."

"On the 16th February 1945 a crew from 1674 Heavy Conversion Unit No.17 Group Costal Command stationed at RAF Aldergrove Country Antrim,was on a practise night-time radar homing exercise in a Consolidated Liberator bomber,serial number EV954.
They were requested to circle the airfield,but the aircraft flew out of the circuit while on automatic pilot and crashed into the eastern slopes of Big Collin Mountain at 4.30am.Seven crewmen dies and three survived.

The fatalities were:

Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Douglas Faulkner RAFVR DFC Navigator.

Flying Officer Ernest Reginald Matthews RAFVR Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.

Flying Officer Peter Gordon Simm RAFVR MID Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.

Flying Officer Allan Floyd Whitney Royal Canadian Air Force Navigator.

Sergeant Henry Edward Benwell RAFVR Air Gunner.

Sergeant Albert Bladon RAFVR Air Gunner.

Sergeant John Edward Morgan RAFVR Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.

The survivors were:

Flying Officer Peter Cecil Eustace Cox RAF Pilot.

Pilot Officer Garrett James Fenwick Royal Australian Air Force Co-Pilot.

Sergeant William Howden RAF Wireless Operator/Air Gunner."
« Last Edit: April 07, 2019, 04:26:05 PM by Angry Turnip »