Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P1260 of No.7 Squadron RAF crashed on Snaefell on the 1st January 1940
|Horace Miers MacGregor||Pilot Officer||Pilot||Killed|
|Robert James Bailey||Sergeant||Navigator||Killed|
|Thomas Owen Dennis||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Killed|
|Percey Edwin (Ted) Albert Brightmore||Corporal||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Injured|
The crew of P1260 were on a daytime cross country navigation exercise from RAF Upper Heyford, they flew to Blackpool and then out over the Irish Sea. The weather over the sea was poor and the crew became lost in low cloud and snow. Cpl Brightmore was in the process of winding out the trailing aerial so the crew could make contact with an RAF station to get a fix on their location when the aircraft ploughed into Snaefell and burst into flames.
Corporal Brightmore was flung from the wreck as it broke up but received fairly serious burns, he staggered do the hill eventually reaching a cottage in Sulby Glen. He was treated in Ramsey for three months before being transferred back to Upper Heyford where he was placed on non-flying duties. He was also later treated by Dr. McIndoe, the plastic surgeon whose patients became known as the Guinea Pig Club.
The crew who died in the crash were buried at various cemeteries across the UK, below is a photograph of P/O MacGregor’s grave at Harrow Pinner New Cemetery.