Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV435 of No.14 OTU, crashed near to Belper, Derbyshire on the 24th November 1943 while on a Bullseye exercise from Market Harborough

Vickers Wellington Mk.X at the Royal Air Force Museum


Derek William Arthur Stewart Flying Officer Pilot Uninjured
Joseph Norman Clark Flying Officer RNZAF Air Bomber Injured
J. Ould Sergeant ? Injured
John Donald Hall Sergeant Air Gunner Killed


The aircraft had taken off at 16:50 for a Bullseye exercise, just short of 4.5 hours later the aircraft was abandoned by its crew due to severe icing conditions causing loss of control.  All but one of the crew survived, the rear gunner successfully abandoned the aircraft but was killed when either his parachute failed to open in time or he landed awkwardly.

F/O Clark appears to be the same F/O J. N. Clark RNZAF, Air Bomber, killed on the 16th November 1944 with 207 Sqn, the remaining two appear to have survived the conflict.

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV435 near Belper, Derbyshire
A view of the crash site in early 2005, the dark patch near the centre of the shot is where the aircraft crashed, the site was dug in either the late 1980 or early 90s by the Derbyshire Historical Aviation Society.