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Handley Page Hampden Mk.I AE381 of No.50 Squadron, RAF, crashed at Cluther Rocks on Kinder 21st January 1942 in a blizzard
Royal George Heron
Walter Chantler Williams
William Thomas Tromans
Wireless Op./ Air gunner
Sydney Albert Peters
The crew of AE381 were on a training flight from Skellingthorpe near Lincoln in weather not fit for flying, with high winds and blinding snow. After becoming lost on a night cross country navigation exercise the crew made radio contact with Ringway. They had over flown the airfield along the line of a now disused runway but had not been able to see anything due the snow and darkness, a radio message was sent to the pilot instructing him to turn through 180o to make another pass over the airfield, before this turn could be executed the aircraft flew into the western edge of Kinder where it burst into flames and was totally destroyed.