Lockheed Hudson Mk.V AM680, of No.1 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF Crashed at Beda Head near Ullswater on the 10th November 1942

Lockheed Hudson at the Royal Air Force Museum


John Frederick Saunders Flight Sergeant Pilot Killed
Derric Isaac Jones Flying Officer Navigator / Air Bomber Killed
Stanley Alfred Veasey Sergeant Wireless Operator / Air Gunner Killed
Harold Dickinson Sergeant Wireless Operator / Air Gunner Killed


The aircraft, coded B-68, took off from RAF Silloth on the Solway Firth west of Carlisle at 00:50 on the 10th November for a night navigation exercise. At 01:14 the crew contacted Silloth with the message X114 (decoded as “I will call you again later”). Around this time the Royal Observer Corps plotted an aircraft in the Ullswater area, this plot then faded out and no further reports were logged.

When the aircraft was reported overdue searches were made of its planned route. Two aircraft were also assigned to search the Ullswater area, these had to be abandoned due to poor weather. The local