Whitley Mk.V Z9221 of No.77 Squadron RAF crashed near Kirkby Malzeard to the west of Ripon of the 28th March 1942


James Arnold Harrision Pilot Officer, RNZAF Pilot Survived
Joseph Wallace Paul Emile Louthood Sergeant, RCAF ? Survived
Douglas Murton Colledge Sergeant Observer Killed
Michael O’Donovan Fuller Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Survived
Andrew McArthur Waddell Sergeant, RNZAF Air Gunner Survived


The crew were returning to RAF Leeming near Northallerton from an unsuccessful sortie against the French port of St Nazaire when the aircraft crashed on Kirkby Malzeard Moor to the west of Ripon.

Flight Sergeant Fuller was killed a little over a year after this crash, while on operations againt Dusseldorf. He was a crew member onboard Halifax Mk.II W7825 of No.35 Sqn when it was shot down.

For further information about the aircraft and crew please see Richard Allenby’s page about the crash on his Yorkshire Aircraft website.

Wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Z9221 on Kirkby Malzeard Moor, Ripon, Yorkshire
A small amount of wreckage remain at the crash site, including pieces of framework from the centre section and wings and a 24 volt battery.