Avro Lancaster Mk.I PA411 of No.230 Operational Conversion Unit crashed on Tintwhistle Knarr on the 21st December 1948
|Jack Sherwood Thompson||Flight Sergeant||Pilot||Killed|
|Peter Maurice Maskell||Flight Lieutenant||Navigator||Killed|
|Robert Smith||Flight Sergeant||Signaller||Killed|
|Vincent Graham||Flight Sergeant||Flight Engineer||Killed|
|William Allen Love||Sergeant||Signaller||Killed|
|Thomas Iowerth Johnson||Flight Lieutenant||Instructor||Killed|
|David William Henry Harris||Flight Sergeant||Instructor||Killed|
The crew had taken off from RAF Lindholme near Doncaster during the night of the 20th December for a Night Familiarisation exercise, this was to have been largely local flying. At just after midnight on the 21st the aircraft was heard flying east over Tintwhistle in low cloud, followed by the sound of it crashing. The aircraft burst into flames and was more or less gutted by fire. One of the crewmen had survived the crash and was found alive by the first local residents to reach the crash site but he died shortly afterwards.
The recorded details of the crash are very brief but they state that the aircraft was meant to remain in the area around Lindholme but had strayed too far towards the west without the pilot becoming aware. He had begun his let down procedure when the aircraft flew into the hill.